Looking Behind Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be
As I near the end of 2014 and set my eyes on 2015, I can’t help but think about keeping the focus forward. I am reminded of a sermon I heard a while back that said if you focus on the past, you will stay there. If you stay right where you are today and not move, you are just as “dead.” But, if you look forward and are constantly reaching forward, you live more fully and God will bless you. Your body is designed to move forward. Your eyes are in the front of your head so you can see ahead. Your arms and hands can reach much further forward. But, they can only reach a small degree backwards. Your feet are designed to keep you balanced as you walk forward. The only thing that is behind you is your behind! If you put your behind in front of you, then you will only end up stepping in your own mess.
In 2 Kings 7, four lepers were exiled from the city in famine. They knew they couldn’t go back to the city because they were already thrown out due to their leprosy, plus there was famine in the city so they couldn’t get food anyway. They also knew that if they stayed where they were they would die of starvation just the same. The only viable option was to go out to the enemy’s camp and hope that they wouldn’t die there too. So, they moved forward. They tried something different from what they have been doing which wasn’t working at all. They stepped out, and when they did, God blessed them by scaring away the enemy. When the lepers reached the enemy camp, it was deserted but all the food, tents, horses, donkeys, silver, gold, and clothes were left. In the midst of desperation and desolation, they found abundance in such a way that only God can provide.
As I start this New Year I am excited for what is to come, whatever that may be. I know that God has great plans for me even if I don’t fully know the plan. I know that God will bless me simply because I walk in His will. And, best of all, I know that my future is so bright because heaven lies before me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jer. 29:11 (NIV)