I don’t know if these Scripture meditations help anyone else, but they certainly are helpful for me to get my mind focused on:
- a particular aspect of God’s nature,
- a character trait to work on for the week, or
- a word or phrase that encourages my heart
So often I get focused on the wrong things–the overwhelming cares of the moment, the concerns over the future, the what-ifs and what-abouts–and my heart and mind need a nudge to “cast all your cares upon him, because he cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7).
My hope and prayer is that these verses I mention each week will bless, encourage, and challenge you as well.
Today I’d like to share one of the verses we heard in the sermon yesterday:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Phil. 3:12-14 (NIV, emphasis mine)
It’s probably a familiar one, but the emphasis on forgetting what is behind is what struck me.
What is it that stands out to you in these verses?