Those Things Which Are Behind
Daily Devotional for December 29th
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Philippians 3:13
Coming up on the end of the year causes us to look back on the events of the past year. We remember the tragic events that happened in our country and around the world. But in particularly, the events in our own lives. We remember the failures, sorrows, trials and tribulations, but see how that God has brought us through them all. We also tend to remember more clearly the great things we’ve done for God. If we aren’t careful, this yearend review can hinder us whether it be bad or good.
Sometimes, in order to move forward, we have to forget about things in our past. You’ve heard that some people are held captive by their past. It’s true that in order to move forward, we have to forget those things behind us. Many people cannot get move beyond someone hurting them. These things have to be placed into the hands of Jesus in order for us to get victory over them.
Oftentimes we even have to forget about the “good” things we’ve done. Too many times, we look back on the charities we’ve given to, labor in the field and service for God that we tend to feel like we can take a spiritual vacation. The Lord does not forget your service to Him, but it is not His will that we allow works to keep us from working for the Lord in the future.
Whether your proud of what you accomplished this year or not, forget those things which are behind. Whether you made great mistakes this year and are still wallowing in the torment of them, forget those things as well. Don’t let the devil rob you of what God wants to do in you and through you tomorrow, by keeping you in prison to the good or the bad of yesterday.