September 30, 2016
Is the Old Better?
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
Have you ever seen a parade of old cars? Many of the owners of those cars have spent multitudes of hours and dollars to restore them. The vehicles are cleaned and shined to perfection. If you are older, you may say, “I remember when I drove one of those!” Some memories are good, and some are not so good. Remembering former times can excite us for a little while, but when the parade is over, we are glad to get into our late-model car to drive home. We would not want to permanently go back to the old car for anything! In our current car, if it is hot, we just turn on the air conditioner. The old car we used to drive had plenty of air, but it was not conditioned. In winter the air was too cold, in summer it was too warm, and there was always too much of it! So when it comes to cars, we are happy to look forward instead of looking back.
Remembering old times in the Gospel might be similar to seeing old cars. There were good times back there, and it is wonderful to think about how God worked. Rehearsing past blessings can increase our faith and help us know He will answer again in our current situations. It can also make us hungry to reach out to God so we can touch Him again. But we cannot live in the past; we must live in the present, and God is still working.
Our walk with the Lord is one of constant learning and growing, and in order for our service to Him to be most effective, we must continually apply to our lives the new lessons He teaches us. The past was good, but there are new blessings available to us today if we will claim them. God’s promises are as sure today as they ever were. He is standing ready to reward those who diligently seek Him, and He has more for all of us.
There is a great need today for people to make deep consecrations. God wants us to bestir ourselves and not be satisfied with memories. There is work to be done, prayers to be prayed, and faith to be exercised. We have a big God, and there are no limits to what He can and will do, if we commit ourselves wholly to Him.
Today we can look forward to accessing God’s promises in our lives.