“I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you. I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” Isaiah 44:21-22 NLT
As I struggle with the ups and downs of life it is good to remember: God made me and paid the price of my sins that I might be with Him forever. With that in mind I keep facing the Son to let Him burn away all the mist.
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 NLT
“Better is…” a place where we do not see clearly. A place we must rely on God’s Word.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10
Better to have nothing and see God’s glory,
Than to have everything in darkness.
Better to be last with Jesus,
Than to be alone at the top.
Better to mourn and receive comfort from Jesus,
Than a thousand days of laughter without hope.
Better to be merciful and receive mercy,
Than trying to justify yourself before God.
Better is to humbly follow Jesus,
Than pursue all the wisdom of this world.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
Life is like this scene along the Wenatchee River—shrouded in fog. I am often unable to see clearly to know what lies ahead. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Christians at Philippi, encourages us to to move forward not letting our past sins and fears bind us and prevent our advance.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,…” Phil. 3:13
So I made my own list of the things I need to forget:
Past sins and failures that have been forgiven.
Past ugliness and pain.
Fear that I don’t have what it takes to keep going.
Trouble is to forget I need to replace my fears with something that encourages, and clears the fog of uncertainty as I move forward. This is why I also need to remember:
Jesus Christ died for my sins, and now I am new in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Jesus loves me and is my faithful shepherd. (John 10:11)
God is building me up in Jesus to do good things. (Ephesians 2:10)
Nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:39)
When you can’t see ahead moving forward depends on what you let your mind dwell upon. (Phil. 4:8)