Moving forward - Ps Graeme Leske

25th September 2020

‘And the Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.  But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”’

Exodus 14:15-16 (NKJV)

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)

You may have never given much thought to the Australian Coat of Arms, but it has on it a kangaroo and an emu and they are facing each other. Obviously both of these are native to Australia, but another reason for them being on the Coat of Arms is that neither of them can walk backwards. The thought portrayed is that we should be a country moving forward not going backwards. God’s purpose has always been for the Kingdom of God to be advancing, and as we are part of that Kingdom, His intention for all of our lives is that we also continue to move forward in our relationship with Him. The children of Israel longed to be free from slavery and to go forward to the land of promise, but part of the way into the journey they began to look back at where they had come from in Egypt, and strangely enough wanted to return. The way forward is not always the easiest of journeys but it promises great reward if we continue to trust God. The children of Israel were having second thoughts as they walked out into the wilderness, yet conveniently forgot the miracles that got them there in the first place. If you have ever been tempted to look back and regret decisions made or wish you could go back in time, realise that God can take even the tough times and use them for your good.  However, it means not looking in the rearview mirror, but rather keep looking forward to God’s future for your life. Even the good things of the past can become a hindrance to the future if we put them on a pedestal.  We can however be thankful for them because they make up part of the journey into what God has prepared for each of us. “Therefore…let us run (forward) with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...” (Hebrews 12:1-2a NKJV)

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