Monthly Archives: September 2016

Moving Forward

Living Life Forward

In the desert the whole community grumbled against
Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only
we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat
around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted,
but you have brought us out into this desert to starve
this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:2-3 NIV

As we go through life we will, from time to time, be in situations that… let us
say they are less than idle. It is during these times that we may look back on
life when things seemed better/easier, forgetting the struggle we went through.
Its funny how time can smooth over the hard times in our mind. This is what
was happening with the Israelites. They had been traveling around in the
desert, on foot with no water and now without food. They didn’t really want to
return to Egypt, but they were hungry and discontented.

I remember when I first started AA and was working the steps with my
sponsor, one of the first things she told me was “don’t get too tired, or too
hungry” You know why? We become ill in nature and stressed out, and this
makes us behave in ways that we wouldn’t normally. In this state of mind we
look for ways to make things easier and looking back with longing for what we
now perceive as being better is one of the worst things we can do.

No one but God can turn back time and life was meant to be lived forward. As
Christians, the only thing we should be looking backwards at is 1. Recalling
the things God has done for us, and 2. The lessons we learned (what tools/
knowledge have I learned that I can use in this situation). Our lives are lived
forward, not backwards, but so many people live their lives looking back on the
would of’s, should of’s, and could of’s that they become like a stagnate pond.

We are to be like a flowing river, always moving forward so hold tight to Gods
promises and keep your eyes on Jesus!

Exodus

Fear

Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt “Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians ‘? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”… Exodus 14:9-12 NASB

Have you ever, or are you now, in a situation that you know you shouldn’t be in. Maybe one that has you so wrapped up in chains of bondage that it is killing you, but you would rather stay where you’re at than trust someone other than yourself to get you out? Fear of the unknown can be very powerful, especially if you don’t know the one who is leading you. In the above passage the Israelites, who had been in bondage for 430 years was telling Moses and Aaron they had rather be a slave in Egypt than have faith in God. When I first read this passage I was saddened for the Israelites because what it told me was that while they were slaves, they stopped worshiping God and no longer knew who He was or who they were to Him.

Today there are many Christians that are just like the Israelites were. They go to church every time the doors are opened, but they never develop a personal relationship with our creator. They have no idea who God is and how much He loves us. And since they don’t know those basic facts, they don’t trust Him.

I know a girl who, like I was, addicted to cocaine and alcohol. And like me, she was delivered from her addiction. Time and again, God showed Himself in her life. I first met her when I started attending a certain church. She lived with her brother, her mom, and a retired minister in a very nice house with a swimming pool in a nice neighborhood, but she was hiding from the law. Years earlier, while still in her addiction, she received a DUI in two different states, and never went to court. The fear of going to jail was greater than her faith in God.

You may say that trust is earned, not given, but I ask you has God not proven Himself to be who He says He is over and over again? Stop, and seriously take inventory of your own life… How many times has God not shown Himself in your life? Even creation testifies to His attributes!

Jesus died so that we can be restored to our original value and most importantly our relationship with the Father. If you do not have a personal relationship with Him, for your benefit I beg of you to begin one. Set aside time each and every day to spend it with Him. If you don’t have time, make time! I promise you, you will only benefit from this. Start with 5 minutes and the next thing you know you’ll not want to give it up or leave His presence.