But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 52:12).

Security from yesterday

“God requires an account of what is past.” (Ecclesiastes 3:15) At the end of each year, we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for or future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security of tomorrow

“The LORD will go before you…” This is a gracious revelation — that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for today

“You will not leave in haste…” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous forgetful delight or in the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go forth with the patient power, knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our Yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for 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.

But let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken and irreversible past in His hands and step out into the invincible future with Him.