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II Timothy 4:8 (Pt, 2)  Thought/Prayer:  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

In this scripture we see that we are to look forward to the great return of Jesus Christ to Earth.  Looking forward is looking to the future, to something unseen . . . and we always would desire our looks to anticipate something good.

But is it possibly ever good to look not forward, but backward?  We sometimes think of looking backward as perhaps being negative or focusing on the past wherein lies no hope.  Or sometimes we long for the way things used to be indicating dissatisfaction with the present and perhaps an inability to see something good out in front of us.  We sometimes label persons who seem to look “back” a lot as “living in the past”:  And this is usually considered to be less than ideal.

But perhaps there are some ways in which we look backward without looking too much at what was but is no longer.  How do we look backward with a positive tinge?

In scripture, when the Israelites traversed the desert, the looking back was of two types:  regretful or with rejoicing.  When they were whining about not having what they wanted to eat (remembering the fleshpots of Egypt), looking back was negative.  But when the great leaders would recount all that God had done for them as a people, it was looking back with rejoicing.

So what type of looking backward must we do today?  It is true that sometimes when things seem to go awry, we look to yesterday or the year gone by and wish for things to return . . . to turn now in a similar direction.  Perhaps things just didn’t “go right” for us no matter how we pondered decisions and such.  Perhaps we are ashamed of ourselves for our sin or our lack of action or commitment on something.  Maybe we just want to have the energy we seemed to have then.

But if we look back to the Lord’s work in our life, we should be as rejoice-full as the Israelites when remembering all of God’s greatness and mercy to them.  Let us go for that.

Lord, thank you that you did give us memories . . .  but also the ability to look forward to what is unseen.  Help us to focus on remembering the good, on Your good, Lord, years ago or yesterday.  By doing this, we will hopefully, with your help, be persons much more able to minister to others in areas of LIFE and death and many others.

Topics:  Pray to look back with rejoicing and forward with hope as we minister to others in this life.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/29 at 11:00 AM
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