10/2/19: Philippians 3:4-21; Psalm 74:1-23; Proverbs 24:15-16
I remember reading a story once of a young man who in a fit of anger drove nails into a piece of wood valued by his grandfather. In the story he quickly realized the sorrow he brought to his grandfather and asked for forgiveness. His grandfather forgave him and then together one-by-one they removed the nails. When finished the grandfather looked at the boy who returned his gaze and then suddenly burst into tears. “Grandfather,” he said “the nails are gone but the holes are still there.”
The author of the episode then explained — it is not the nails, it is the “holes” – representing our guilt that Satan can use to handicap our walk with the Lord.
Philippians 3: 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Coffman writes: Just how did Paul forget the past? “ Boice thought Paul’s forgetting was “ceasing to let the things which occurred in the past overshadow the present. He let the past, both good and bad, be past, constantly looking forward to the work God had for him to do.” All Christians need the grace to do the same thing.