March 17, 2014
The Christian life is not always easy. Indeed, the Apostle Paul testified that,
“Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” ( 2Co 11:25-27)
Nevertheless, he continued with a single-minded purpose. He endured, he persevered, he pressed forward. I find it interesting that in Phillipians 3:13, he made it clear that his focus was not on those things that were behind him, but rather on the things that still needed to be accomplished for the kingdom.
“…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…”
We cannot be focused on the things that lie ahead unless we forget the things the lie behind. The perils of yesterday must not prevent the work of today. Previous victories are not a license to sheath our swords. And, the things that we have forsaken to pursue God’s greater purpose must be counted as loss.
When the children of Israel departed Egypt, they were immediately confronted with what, no doubt, seemed an insurmountable obstacle…the Red Sea. And to further complicate matters, the Egyptian army was in hot pursuit. And though the demonstration of God’s power had to be fresh in their minds, fear and doubt overcame their focus on the future.
“And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.” (Exo 14:11-12)
But when the Word of the Lord came, it was clear and concise.
“And the LORD said unto Moses… speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” (Exo 14:15)
It is the same Word He is speaking into the lives of Christians today. Do not fear, do not look to the left or to the right, but set your face like a flint, and go forward. God will take care of the obstacles. That is His job. Our job is to move; to put one foot in the front of the other and press in to Christ’s calling on our lives.
Will you go forward in faith today?