Looking back to Propel Forward

Nov
07
2017

Looking back to Propel Forward

There are so many times in our lives that looking back in our lives will stop us dead in our tracks.  In fact Proverbs 4:25 reads:Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  I love the proverbs!  Looking back can dig up old feeling that God has already freed us from.  It can lead to bitterness or resentment by continuing to replay a tape in our head of something hurtful or a time we may have felt betrayed.  

Of course I’m not saying to blaze through life never reflecting on what hurts or paying attention to the emotions we have.  To heal we must feel.  No matter how hard it is to feel pain it is so necessary to heal and mature.  I think it’s interesting that God even deemed a certain time for mourning a death in the Bible. (Deut 34:8)  Isaiah 5:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

So where am I going with this you maybe asking?  As I was having a quiet time with my little boy.  We read the most powerful scripture that I had read many times but this time it stood out to me a different way.  

1 Samuel 17: 32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

You see David he looked back over his time shepherding and remembered the goodness of God.  He had a track record of God’s protection, deliverance and faithfulness.  I’m sure you do to.  But how much do you think the enemy at that time when David was talking to Saul wanted him so badly to forget the victories he’d had over the lion and bear?  I can tell you the forces of evil were counting on it.  Just like they do when you and I are in our own “David VS Goliath” situation.  David, at the time shepherding, didn’t realize that when he had these encounters that God was preparing him for a battle that would change the course of history.  Literally a battle  that would bring faith and courage back to an entire nation and cause the world to notice that There is a Living God who defends his people.  

In the same way God is preparing you and I.  The situation you maybe having at work, marriage, child rearing  maybe giving you the courage for a later time to rise to the occasion when it matters most.  Sometimes the things that can seem so difficult to get through prepare us in more ways than one.  

David’s looking back, remembering his victory propelled his forward.  I encourage you to write down your answered prayers.  Write down how you see God working in your life.  Write down the times you see his faithfulness, his tender mercies.  There will be a time when you need to pull from that place, to put you in a place of faith rather than fear.  A time you will need to speak rather than be silent.  A time when you will need to stand rather than sit. A time you will need to be a pioneer for the faith rather than a settler.  Take heart!  God prepares his people for his glory!  May we be women who will always live fully for HIM.

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