September: Looking backwards when moving forwards

September: fresh starts and new pencil cases.

I’ll be re-joining the student world and perfecting the London-commuter-grumpy-face. I’ll have to adjust to new patterns of work and rest.

The new academic year is a time lots of us see as turning over a new leaf. But moving forwards will always involve looking back.

Look back: your life

Whether you’re starting a new academic year, new job, or doing the same thing as before, look back.

God has already given you your life as a gift - he certainly won’t abandon you in the adventures that lie ahead.

As a Christian, God has already done the impossible. He’s given you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) and the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11).

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32

The God who gave his Son for you has got your eternity covered. How much more the coming year?

Look back: all time

Moving forward into the unknown will always mean trusting God’s word. And it can be trusted.

God keeps every promise in the Bible.

He promised to bless Abraham with a son. Through him, God would save people from all over the world (Genesis 17:7). It looked unlikely. But it happened.

He promised to fulfil that promise through the death of his own son. As the final nail was hammered, it looked unlikely. But it happened.

You can trust God’s Word. Nothing that September throws at you - or October, November or whenever - can separate you from God’s love in Christ (Romans 8:38-39).

His loving care will continue in the months ahead. As Corrie Ten Boom said, ‘do not be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’