Friday, November 18, 2011

Looking Back

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Psalm 78:9 "The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle."


Looking Back


This year marked the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. There has been some discussion in recent days about if we should remember the day's events anymore. Should we "put it to rest" as some liberal columnists have suggested? Should we forget 9/11 in lieu of a domestic agenda that negates the need to protect our land?


Did you know that we are not the only people who have faced such a decision? Dwelling on the past never helped anybody, but moving forward effectively requires a remembrance of where you have been. In other words, you can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been! Psalm 78 reminds us that those who never look back are bound to turn back.


The children of Israel repeatedly forgot what God had done. Verse 11 says, "And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them." Verse 42 tells us that "they remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy." Psalm 78 is full of forgetting! What came of their forgetting? They "turned back in the day of battle" and "turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers. . . ." (verses 9 & 57).


It is amazing how we, as a nation and as individuals, keep repeating the same mistakes. Human nature hasn't changed, and the answer to man's problems hasn't changed! The warning from God's Word this morning is clear: if you never look back and remember what God has done, you are destined to turn back.


Even the children of Israel, who saw the miracles of the Old Testament firsthand, turned back when they forget what God had done in their lives. Today, don't forget what God has done and where He is guiding you. When you fail to look back, you are bound to turn back. Don't do either-look back!



Prayer Requests:

1. Service tonight in Paducah, KY

2. Sign Language School in Asheville, NC

3. Service this weekend in St. Matthews, SC



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