Oswald Chambers’ New Year’s Eve entry in My Utmost for His Highest is among my favourites, talking about security in Christ for yesterday, tomorrow, and today: “Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. … Lost opportunities…will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest…in the sweet embrace of Christ…and step into the invincible future with Him.”
Today, we face an uncertain and insecure future. The flesh feels trapped but the spirit remembers that God is still in charge of our lives. The issue is not what our circumstances have been, are, and will be. The issue is whether we face them resting in Christ.
The flesh always worries and tries to steal joy from the present and dim hope for tomorrow. Further, self-pity causes self-protection and hinders Christ’s ministry through us, rendering us ineffective for God’s kingdom and his righteousness.
It’s up to me to decide whether to submit to worries of the flesh or to faith in Christ as the Lord of my yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It’s easier said than done, but I can I least do it a little bit more this year than last.