Our God delights in being forward looking.
Our God is definitely forward looking. He sees the future as good and beckons us towards it. This is especially true for people who wallow constantly in remorse for their past sins. They confess them, but won’t let go them go, even after receiving absolution.
We know the Lord doesn’t want us to sin. Sin tells the Lord we found something better than what He offers. Sin declares that the Lord is not enough, and we can do better without him.
However, when we grasp the error of our choice, and ask for the Lord’s forgiveness. He readily provides it. He forgives and asks us to put it behind us. The Lord has done this already, because he sees our potential for good within us. And the Lord wants us freed of sin, our potential in helping the Lord build his kingdom can be put to good use.
Ennio has great carpenter skills, but a wicked temper. When he’s angry, he often uses language and expressions which shock the elderly people he daily assists with his handy work.
Yet when Ennio smiles and acts kindly and tenderly, the residents never stop asking him for help. Ennio’s presence is needed and wanted. The Lord knows this about Ennio. After Ennio admits his hurtful outbursts and expresses his sorrow, God quickly forgives him because God is always eager to forgive.
God wants His creation to be always open to the future no matter their past. Our God sees nothing worse for his created family than to be without a future. His forgiveness permits hope to dawn brightly over us, allowing its brightness to fall on everyone. While hopelessness blocks them from seeing any road which leads to the future.
Every response to God’s mercy brings an increase of life, strength, and encouragement for our loving God gives himself most tenderly to those who trust in his grace. We are indeed fortunate to have a God who sees life ahead of us and never behind us.