Look Back to Look Ahead (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 305)
Deuteronomy 7:17-18 (NLT)
Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’ But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt.
The children of Israel were in a frightening position. They feared the external forces around them and even the internal forces within them. They were on this long journey, about to enter the land of promise that God had already told them was theirs for the taking. But the people who lived in the land were unsympathetic and unfriendly to the newcomers.
What some of the children of Israel failed to realize was that in order to get to the fruit of the land, one sometimes has to pass through hostile forces. The children of Israel were in so much fear that they would have rather gone back to their less than comfortable place of existence than to keep making progress toward the promise. Even though they had already witnessed God’s goodness and compassion toward them, they wanted to turn back.
This is one of the reasons God does not move us from glory to glory and from promise to promise because we would have nothing to compare the inevitable adversity to. You may be going through a difficult and tumultuous situation right now. If not now, maybe you’ve been through one already or you’re about to go through one. When you do, you need to look back and remember all of God’s past goodness and grace towards you.
In those moments when the future looks bleak, when the past is painful, and when the present is intimidating, those are the times when looking back to remember the amazing works of God helps you to realize that what you’re going through is just part of the process. We need to look back at God’s grace and mercy, at his faithfulness and goodness in our lives because it gives us hope, strength, and wisdom to trust him with the whole of our lives.
“God’s strength behind you, His concern for you, His love within you, and His arms beneath you are more sufficient for the job ahead of you.”
— William Arthur Ward