Twenty-one years ago today, I was battling cancer when my friend Paul called and said, “I want to read you the December 31st devotion from the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. The last sentence is a special word for you.”
I had endured a major surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in the previous five months. It had been a very difficult time, yet the presence of God in my life had never been greater.
Paul read, “As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the irresistible future with Him.”
Paul repeated the last line slowly for emphasis, “Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the irresistible future with Him.”
What do you need to do to put the irreparable past in His hands? How can you step out into the irresistible future with Him?
As we end one year and start another, I am a living testimony that you can put the past behind you and move forward into the future. In the months after Paul’s call, God showed me His greater purposes for my life. God strengthened my marriage, blessed my children, and even healed my body.
Dare to ask God today,
Have you taken the first steps towards discovering God’s vision for you life? Are you ready to go through the journey of discovery?
Do you know your life’s purpose or are you still searching? Pray this week for God to reveal His plans for you.
Will you put the irreparable past in God’s hands? How can you take a step out into the irresistible future with God?
Mary trusted God in a BIG way! Where is God showing you to trust BIG in Him?
Mary and Joseph’s obedience changed the world! Will you be obedient to what God has called you to?
It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. Ask God to reveal Himself and His purposes for your life.
Are you facing difficult obstacles in life? Remember John 16:33 Jesus tells us to take heart for He has already overcome the world!
God wants men and women who are bold and unashamed to spread the Gospel. Will you be on mission?
Have you spent time meditating on God’s Word. Listen for the Lord’s voice this week by meditating on Ephesians 3:20
You must ask, seek, and knock to be filled with God’s passionate love for others.
When you’re filled with God’s love you are transformed. God’s desires become your desires.
You can see needs all around you if you just look closely. How are you going to respond to the needs of the world?