Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Looking Back or Pressing Forward?

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals  
Ezra 3:12  "But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:"
Backup Cameras
My Ford Explorer has a fancy screen that does several tasks, like many cars today can do.  Whenever you shift into reverse, the screen changes and you can see what is behind you.  You may think the backup camera is old news, but it is fascinating to me!  I am so fascinated by it that I told my wife I wish you could see what was behind you while driving down the road.
Evidently, Ford Motor Company considered people like me and created a safety feature that shuts of the camera when the vehicle is shifted into neutral or a forward gear.  The only time the backup camera works is when you are backing up.  They knew that I would be tempted to watch the screen instead of focusing on the road ahead!
So many people live their lives the same way.  They are drawn to past successes or sins, and they cannot go forward because they are looking behind!  Now, looking back is important, just as using a rear view mirror or backup camera is important.   Glancing back occasionally to remember from whence you've come is good; being chased or held back by your past is not good.
When the captives returned to Jerusalem, they rebuilt the foundation of Solomon's Temple that was destroyed.  The Bible says that the older men wept while the younger men cheered.  The younger cheered because they didn't know what had been before; the older wept because they were still living in the past and couldn't see the present or future.
Since you cannot relive your past, live forward by following God's Word today.  We are not in the future; we cannot relive the past; we can only engage the present right now.  God's perspective exceeds the optimism of the young and the experience of the old.  God's Word is not ancient or old-fashioned; It is timeless.  And that beats navigating life by a backup camera any day!

Prayer Requests:
1. Services tonight in Bloomington, IL and Coatesville, IN
2. WB Men on the Move Conference this weekend in Fort Collins, CO
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