Living Life God's Way; 10/22/2007
- +Living Life God's Way+
by Charles Swindoll
"Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
"For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the
God of all the earth.
Isaiah 54:4-5 (NASB)
Those servants who refuse to get bogged down in and anchored to the
past are those who pursue the objectives of the future. People who do
this are seldom petty. They are too involved in getting a job done to be
occupied with yesterdays hurts and concerns. Very near the end of his
full and productive life, Paul wrote: I have fought the good fight, I
have finished the course, I have kept the faith (2 Tim 4:7). What a
grand epitaph! He seized every day by the throat. He relentlessly
I know human nature well enough to realize that some people excuse
their bitterness over past hurts by thinking: Its too late to change.
Ive been injured and the wrong done against me is too great for me ever
to forget it. Maybe Paul could press on, not me. A person with this
mind-set is convinced that he or she is the exception to the command to
forgive and is determined not to change.
But when God holds out hope, when God makes promises, there are no
exceptions. With each new dawn there is delivered to your door a fresh,
new package called today. God has designed each of us in such a way
that we can handle only one package at a time . . . and all the grace we
need will be supplied by Him as we live out that day.
I press on toward the goal.
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