4th June 2018

Looking Ahead 

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

One of Yorkshire’s stately homes is called “Carlton Towers,” and apparently it is a stand-in for Windsor Castle in ITV’s series “Victoria.” The family of Lord Gerald Fitzalan-Howard and his wife Lady Emma are custodians of this beautiful property and their family can trace their roots back to Edward the First. This filming has been an amazing windfall for them because of the cost of upkeep and running such a large manor. The family motto, which is emblazoned on the clock tower at the entrance to this grand house, shouts out to all who will look up—“Mieux Sera” which means “Better times are coming!” And of course it did happen to this family whenever the TV drama “Victoria” was filmed there. So, presumably this family did look ahead to better times throughout their history. And of course, looking ahead in a positive way is a good mental attitude for all of us, whether we are owners of a huge mansion or not!

Looking ahead reminds me of the story about two wise men talking together as they walked through some woodland. One asked the question, “When is the best time to plant a tree?” The other was quiet for a moment and then replied, “Fifty years ago!”

Having a vision for the future is exciting—it gives us focus as well as a hope. Wise old Solomon wrote lots of proverbs and they are recorded in the Old Testament under that title. Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) warns us that “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” I suppose it is very like planting a tree now and watching it grow and flourish over the years; and if we survive to a ripe old age we might even see it come to maturity.

Christians look forward to a new heaven and a new earth—a time when death will be gone for good, crying will be no more, and pain will be a thing of the past! (Revelation 21:1-4). Peter, the former fisherman and disciple of Jesus, writes in the latter half of his life, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). In the light of all God has promised, I believe we should adopt for ourselves the motto “Mieux Sera” and realise that better times are definitely coming!

Prayer
Great Father, thank you for sharing with us the things that you have laid up ahead for all humanity. Give us this vision each waking moment.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

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Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

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