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Steven Thompson (Iowa, USA)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When I stop focusing on my past, I can move forward with God.
The Upper Room Devotional For 1st December 2022
The apostle Paul wrote, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
On the interstate, I strained to see the road ahead. High-beam lights from the pickup truck behind me shined through my car’s back window and reflected off my windshield and mirrors. I was tempted to check the mirrors, but I knew the brilliance of the light could momentarily blind me. I focused intently on the pavement ahead until I exited the interstate.
I later recognized a spiritual lesson from that experience. At times I allow unforgiveness, regrets, failures, lingering grief, and unfulfilled expectations to blind me to current and future opportunities.
In Jeremiah 29, God told the Jews about what lay ahead. Though they had been conquered and exiled, God still had an awesome plan for their future. Similarly, we need to look forward, staying focused on our present and future. God never abandons us, no matter what may linger from our past.
Faithful God, help us release our past so that we can focus on your plans for us today. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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