Today: The past and gratitude

Thought for the day:

The past has much to teach us, so that the future can be brighter and better, and our service to God more effective.

The question is how to sift through and evaluate the past. The judicious use of good questions can take you far.

Another feature of using the the past is to remember how God has blessed and cared for us. Use the past as a register for God’s providence in your life.

My personality has little use for the past. It is wholly geared toward the future. This perspective has much to commend it, but having the past to bolster your present can provide much impetus and motivation for the future.

It all depends upon how we look at it.

To another country

“Why should we look upon removal to another country as a sorrowful necessity when it is laid upon us by the divine will?” —C.H. Spurgeon

The entire devotional, which is quite short, is well worth reading.

Coincidence or Providence?

So two days ago, I read Isa 51.16 and spent some time studying it. It served as the verse of the day for the 22nd. Now, this prayer uses this same verse in its daily devotional. If it were a common verse like John 3.16, nobody would think a thing. But a relatively unknown verse like this one from Isaiah? Somebody might say the Lord is sending a message.