Moving Forward, Looking Back

Don’t literally do this, while driving or walking! We’ve all seen people, intent on their phones, run into other people or solid objects. We are not promoting distracted moving!

What we are saying is this: the courage and resolve to move forward toward a God-sized vision comes from looking back at God’s faithfulness in the past.

Gideon took his 300 soldiers up against 300,000 because God had been faithful in answering his prayers for a sign.

Paul faced persecution, imprisonment, and martyrdom to take the gospel to the world, because Jesus appeared to him and commissioned him personally.

Mission workers draw courage in the same way.

The courage to move forward with fundraising for ministry comes from the joy and confidence of knowing you are on the right path. One definition of the word interpreted “blessed” in Matthew 5 is the joy experienced when you know that, of the many paths there are to take, you have chosen the right one! If God has you on the right path, he will certainly provide.

The courage to face the challenges of moving to a new country, establishing a new home, learning a new language and culture, and looking like a fool frequently comes from seeing God be faithful in raising the money you needed to get there in the first place.

We move forward in faith – the assurance of what we hope for and the substance of things we can’t see – because we have seen God work in and through us in the past. Since we see his faithfulness in the little things, we can trust him for the big things.

 

What God-sized things are you facing today? As you consider them, think back over his faithfulness to you yesterday. If you don’t already journal your walk of faith, you might consider giving that a try. It is easier to remember things that we write down.

I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.

John 16:33 (CEV)

 

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