LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
DON’T LOOK BACK
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”_ Luke 9:62
It is interesting how we can look at the past through rose-coloured glasses. Remember the children of Israel? They had been delivered from the tyranny and bondage of Egypt, where they had been slaves for years. They cried out to God for deliverance and the Lord answered their prayers through Moses.
As they were making their way through the wilderness, God supernaturally fed them with manna. It was like bread from heaven. They had it daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But after a while, they got tired of it. They said, “We are sick of manna. We remember the good old days back in Egypt where we used to eat garlic, leeks and onions. Those were the good old days. . . If we could only go back.”
They spoke of the good old days, but they actually ate table scraps in Egypt, because they were slaves. Their lives were miserable. Yet in their imaginations, they had magnified these scraps to some sumptuous feast they had each and every day. They were not looking at the past accurately.
In the same way, the devil may remind you of the old days. “Remember the good old days? Remember the fun you used to have? Why don’t you go back to the good old days?” And if you are not strong enough you begin to think about it and end up back in bondage.
Don’t build up the past in your mind. Protect your mind, and don’t look back. You must always look forward to what to what lies ahead.
*Prayer:* _Lord, thank You for redeeming, my past. In You, there is no more condemnation. Thank You for turning a new page in my life._
*Scriptural Reading:* Luke 9:57-62
57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”