Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
When I was in my late twenties I was extremely hurt by a Christian friend whom I deeply loved and trusted. It seems like yesterday as I remember stepping into my car after this unfortunate incident. Overwhelming feelings of sadness and pain were flooding my soul as I began to ascend a steep hill on my way home. I started to notice a spectacular blue light coming over the hill's horizon. I continued up the hill, and as I did, the blue light continued to stretch vertically out into the heavens. I had no idea what the light was until it was joined by a blue horizontal one — it was a cross.
It was huge as it stood about fifty feet into the air. When I saw this magnificent cross these words came flooding through my mind, "By this shall you overcome." God would use these words to bring comfort to my heart. I could overcome my difficult situation as I continued looking towards the cross.
Sometimes in life, it is challenging to sort out the truth from fiction and right from wrong, because our human understanding is limited. But the day will come when all things will be made known, and God will come with glorious vindication of all who have been wronged. We can go on through the power of the cross by forgetting those things which are behind, and running with joy the race which is set before us. Let us press on to know the Lord.
Prayer: God, You are our infinite source of safety and hope. We know that we will continue to experience Your grace as we forget those things which are behind and press on to know You more. Help us to set our hearts upon the cross as You lead us by the power of Your love. Amen.