Tag: Forget

Not one tear is lost!

Grace Gemsby George Everard

“The Tears of Jesus!” 1884

On opening ancient tombs in Palestine, many a tear-bottle has been found, which was a repository for the tears of the mourners, and was then placed in the tomb beside the one who was laid there.

Just so does our heavenly Father gather all the tears of His redeemed children. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8

Not one tear is lost! Not one sorrow is unheeded. Not one grief is left unbefriended. All these tears are noted by our merciful Father above!

We have a Savior who has known our sorrows, and by His tears can heal every wound that sin has made. “In all their affliction, He was afflicted.” When He was on earth, He wept with those that wept–and He is still the same. We can think of the tears He shed more than eighteen centuries ago–and know that at this hour He is the same loving and sympathizing Friend!

There is no sympathy like that of Jesus! It flows in full flood toward His believing children. Just as the rising tide rushes in and pours through every cranny and nook on the shore where admittance can be gained–so does Christ’s tender loving-kindness enter the hearts of His people.

by George Everard

Stop looking back — look ahead!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Some time ago, I wrote a devotional about not worrying for tomorrow because tomorrow holds its own worries. But it occurred to me recently, that just about as often as we worry for tomorrow, we fret about yesterday. How many times do we find ourselves saying, “I wish things could be the way they were, I wish I was younger, I wish I could fit into those jeans again, I wish I didn’t make that terrible mistake … you fill in the blank”?

The Lord doesn’t want us constantly looking back at what once was. Our enemy does — he wants us to feel discouraged and helpless and ruminate over and over on what we can never change. Sure, if we need to repent or make something right, we ought to go ahead and do it. But God doesn’t want us drowning in self-pity or regret about past mistakes, or hopelessly longing for what can never be again. He wants us to look ahead. He wants us to say, “Forget what was — the future is where my destiny lies and I will meet the Lord there in His purposes for me.” That’s faith. And it’s well based in everything Yeshua (Jesus) has done for us, promised us, and called us to.

So, let’s stop looking back in fear or bondage to the past — it’s long gone already. Let’s move ahead and press toward the new things that the Lord has for us in our lives. Our God is always making things new, and redeeming what was before.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten