Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Looking Back
But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Genesis 19:26 (NAS)
But Jesus said to him, 'No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.'
Luke 9:62 (NAS)
Looking back, going back, and second-guessing are not godly.

In truth, they are strictly forbidden. If God compels you to move forward, don't reconsider.

One fear is that we aren't actually hearing from God--or that we aren't hearing correctly. Excellent books are available about how to hear from God. Dig into His Word and study those who teach it well. It's exciting to learn all the ways God may be speaking to you.

That being said, God does speak clearly. His directions will never contradict His written Word. Once you believe you have heard from God and find it confirmed in scripture and beyond, move forward. Don't be swayed by the pull of the familiar: 'Let him not turn back' (Luke 17:31).

Dire consequences follow those who refuse to move forward with their whole hearts. What about all we leave behind?

1. God will take perfect care of everything in the lives of those He loves. He is a detail God, and He knows better than we how to care for all the people, places, and things in this world.

2. God will give to you a better and brighter future than anything you leave behind.

'Peter began to say to Him, 'Behold, we have left everything and followed You.' Jesus said, 'Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age... and in the age to come, eternal life' ' (Mark 10:28-30).

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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