Pressing on, leaving the past…

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The mercies of the Lord are new every morning.  The clock keeps ticking and the calendar keeps turning pages and will do so until Christ comes for us or we go to Him.

Each new year, we look back at what happened with some regrets, some nostalgia, some wishes that things could remain what they once were.  But with the promises of God, our great expectations are always in Him and with Him in this moment.  Fear of the future drives many to despise change and long for the past–selectively remembered, of course!  But our hope rests in the plans God has for us and the confidence that we are His workmanship, that He is still working out His purposes in our lives.

In the book of Exodus, the children of Israel could not understand that.  They kept wanting to go back to Egypt where life had been grueling, but familiar–painful, but predictable.  Now they were in a position that forced them to trust the Lord and believe that He would be faithful to His promises.

I recently remembered a song by Sara Groves, first recorded over a decade ago, entitled “Painting Pictures of Egypt” in which she describes our tendency to revise the past so that we prefer its known difficulties to the possible hardships of an unknown future.  The lesson is simple…trust the Lord, and put Paul’s words into practice, “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

Hope you enjoy the message of this song!

2 thoughts on “Pressing on, leaving the past…

    davidhhorner responded:
    January 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Joy, I appreciate your note. This song has been a favorite of mine for years and with all that the nation, the city and the church are facing as we enter a new year, the message of this song is quite a challenge to lift our eyes to the trustworthy One who calls us to look up and see the sovereignty of Him who sits on the throne and calls us to follow Him. Thanks!

    Joy Emery said:
    January 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this poignant song! I have listened to it several times already – it has a very helpful, wothwhile message to contemplate as we begin another year.

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