“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” 1Sa 7:12
The Bible says, “Then Samuel took a stone…and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.’” As you end this year and look back, what do you see? Monuments to failure? Wasted opportunities? When it comes to your failures, God says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isa 43:25). When it comes to your wasted opportunities, God says, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25 NKJV). A wise man said, “If we do not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it.” It’s okay to look back and learn, but if you drive looking in the rearview mirror you’ll end up in a ditch. Whether good or bad, don’t get stuck in the past. “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecc 7:10). One of the dangers of growing old is that you become more excited over the past than you are over the future. A lady wrote to a newspaper editor and said, “Your newspaper is not as good as it used to be.” He wrote back and quipped, “It never has been.” God says, “I know the plans I have for you…they are plans for good” (Jer 29:11 TLB). God has a plan for you this year. So, “hats off to the past and coats off to the future!” Roll up your sleeves, go to work, and expect great things from God.
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