For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward. Isaiah 52:12
Security from Yesterday. “God requireth that which is past.” At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “For the Lord will go before you.” This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to. He will watch lest things trip us up again into like failure, as they assuredly would do if He were not our re-reward. God’s hand reaches back to the past and makes a clearing-house for conscience.
Security for Today. “For ye shall not go out with haste.” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. – Oswald Chambers
The 2022 Bible reading calendar is now available. You can pick up a hardcopy from the church foyer or download a softcopy by clicking here.
We are planning a Baptismal service on Wednesday, January 26. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and would like to be baptized, please speak to Pastor Saunders or one of the Elders.
The Shorter Catechism
Q87: What is repentance unto life?
A: Repentance unto life is a saving grace1, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin2, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ3, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God4, with full purpose of, and endeavour after, new obedience5.
1. Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18b).
2. When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37).
3. Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. (Joel 2:13).
4. Turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. (Jeremiah 31:18b-19).
5. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. (Psalms 119:59).