PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE
[a] On Remembrance Day, our minds turn in a special way to
past events, and indeed the realisation comes to us, that our country is
truly the product of past events, and we consider with horror, the type
of existance we would have, if Nazi Germany had triumphed in the last world
[b] We feel such a debt of gratitude to those who gave
their lives for our freedom.
[c] But of course, in much more recent times, the same
kind of sacrifice has been made, in the Falklands, the Irak conflict, in
Northern Ireland, just to mention a couple.
[d] Even though we may feel war to be an obscenity on
the face of this planet, we honour those brave men and women who gave their
lives for their country - standing against tyranny, oppression and terrorism.
[e] But individually, we too, like our country, are the
product of past events - our NATURES, our CONCERNS, our ATTITUDES, our
PREJUDICES, our RELATIONSHIPS!
[a] There is the danger that all of us can allow the PAST
to RULE, DICTATE, and even DESTROY the PRESENT and the FUTURE - especially
if that past carries much hurt and pain.
[b] Time and time again, I have come across those who
have allowed a hurt done by someone, to destroy their spiritual lives.
[*] In a little daily reading book, which I have, I was
drawn to a reading so applicable for this very day: -
Forget the past. Remember only it's glad days.
Wipe the slate of your remembrance with Love, which
will erase all thatis not confirmed in Love. You must forget your failures,
YOUR failures and those of others. Wipe them out of the book of your remembrance.
[c] Like each of you, I can look back to times in the past,
when I have been sorely hurt; but I realise that God often permits such
things, so that we can be REFINED and PURIFIED, a PERFECTING
FIRE for us to pass through.
[d] Often we find that such experiences teach us important
lessons only learnt by experience, which fit us for a specific form of
which otherwise we would not be capable of undertaking!
[e] The realisation that every piece of the jigsaw, fits
into the plan of God - somewhere - is not always easy to understand or
In fact, sometimes it is IMPOSSIBLE to accept,
unless it is in faith!
[a] As Christians, we are not immune in any
way, from the normal events and ills which befall the human race - but
of this we can be assured, that through it all, God seeks to work out His
will in us, and through His great LOVE, seeks what is ULTIMATELY the best
[b] Sometimes that ultimate good is delayed, because
we find difficulty in accepting some of the distasteful events, and would
perhaps become angry with GOD, which accomplishes nothing, and cannot gain
[c] Rather, it means WE loose out! Because it
blocks up the channels of blessing and supply, that God would let flow
[d] Of this we can be certain - God is at this very moment
working circumstances and situations for our ultimate good.
He is working out HIS GREAT ETERNAL PLAN in our lives,
even amidst the seeming disarray.
[a] The commitment of the present determines the whole of
i. Our relationship with God at this present moment,
will determine whether or not He can continue to work out His plan in our
ii. We can so very often look into Scripture and find
parallels in the life of Jesus to our own experience.
iii. The example, which we use so often, is when Jesus
had to choose at the CALVARY CROSSROADS there in Gethsemane.
His humanity was so reluctant to take the way of pain
and deep sacrifice, BUT HE ACCEPTED WHAT HE KNEW WAS GOD'S LOVING WILL,
EVEN THOUGH IT CONTRASTED WITH HIS OWN!!
[b] We cannot see the future, but God has lovingly planned
it, and as we trust Him, He gives us the courage and strength to go forward,
a step at a time, with the confidence that He is near to bring support!
[c] Let us thank God for all the cherished memories
of the PAST!