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II Timothy 4:8 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Why Look Backward?  Topics:  2 at end.

“And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”  Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

Again, in this scripture we see that we are to look forward to the return of Christ (and surely to all things that God brings us, we could say here).  But looking backward can also give us hope.  But this must be carried out not with a view to mull over past mistakes or injuries (physical or psychological) but with the view of assessing and learning from the past.

When we begin to think of all the things done for us and the gifts given to us from God, we take a backward look, a backward assessing so to speak.  When this was done in the Bible, the recounting often took many words.  Exodus 15 gives us the words of Moses and Miriam as they recall God’s hand in their nation’s history.  Paul, in his defense before the Sanhedrin in Acts 7, recalls hundreds of years of God’s hand being present in Jewish history. To account for all of God’s blessings and deliverances took many words from the hearts of these people.  It may be the same for us.  The list is long.

Along with physical growth, as we grow in our years as Christians we compile quite a record of His dealings with us in our lives.  Of course some of this record will be negative on our part – the seasons where we were dried up to the Lord – or the failures of not remembering to carry out his plans for us. 

But in looking back, there are also records of great stamina and over-comings; records of blessings poured out; records of growth that came through the fires of life.  At times when we are low-down in our outlook, it can be sometimes beneficial to remember the good times, the times when we obviously knew God was dealing our hand.

People in crisis may not be able to see the Lord’s hand.  How often this must happen with an unexpected pregnancy!  This baby was not asked for.  But God gave anyway.  The Lord’s hand may seem invisible when needing decisions in situations of the elderly or infirm.  But Lord, help us to be able to turn their thoughts and hearts to Your goodness in the past, the goodness that always comes:  just maybe not at the time we would expect.

Topics:  Pray for understanding of God’s plan in our lives and His hand in carrying forward, and then help us to pass to others the confidence that comes from seeing this.
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