Tag: Past

A life once spent, is irrevocable

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Adoniram Judson

Of how much real happiness we cheat our souls–by preferring a trifle to God! We have a general intention of living a consecrated life–but we intend to begin tomorrow or next year. For the present moment, we prefer living for our trinkets, and say, “A little more sleep, a little more slumber.” Well, a little more sleep–and we shall sleep in the grave! A few more days–and our work will be done. And when it is once done, it is done to all eternity.

A life once spent, is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated through eternity. If it is marked with sins–the marks will be indelible. If it has been a useless life–it can never be improved. Such it will stand forever and ever.

The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. All the marks which we put upon it–it will exhibit forever. It will always remain true–that such a day was spent in such a manner. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny. No day will lose its share of influence in determining where our place shall be in Heaven.

How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness! It will then be too late to mend its appearance.

It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us, then, each morning, resolve to send the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone, indelibly marked.

by Grace Gems

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