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Backward and Forward

P1030476A journal article speaks of reading the Bible backward and forward to see how each page and chapter helps to tell the Story.

A pastor’s weekly messages reinforce the thought that what God has done in the past helps us to understand what he wants to do in us again today.

A treasured book reinforces the thought that we live forward but can often only begin to understand what God has been doing in us by looking backward.

By the calendar of Christ we are now once again in the 50 day period between Passover and Pentecost.

For three days, no one knew what would happen now that Jesus had been crucified. In the 40 days that followed no one knew when or where Jesus would show up next. Then for 7 days after Jesus’ last words and ascension, his friends waited to see what Jesus meant by the promise of his Spirit.

Seems to me that these are the kind of backward looks that can help us lean forward in the faith, hope, and love that enable us make the most of the moments given to us.

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104 Responses to “Backward and Forward”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    When I looked in on the blog this morning at 4:30 am I once again found myself confronted with either defending or explain myself.

    The decision to either write something or say nothing had to be made by a combination of past experience and whether it important for me to “move forward” in the conversation or “move forward” along other actions in my life here.

    I walked away from the computer and did other things.

    I have a life that has to be attended to on all levels continually. How I live as a Christian means that the actions I take as I live are influenced by all I have learned so far from being a follower of the Word of God.

    The Word of God for me has been a combination of what the Bible teaches from lessons thousands of years old, and the unction’s that the Holy Spirit puts in my heart and spirit.

    The difficulties and troubles of this life are all too real and demand immediate attention. While attending to those responsibilities I can look forward with hope because of everything I have learned about God.

    I have also learned that my view of looking ahead is often very different then what God my have in store for me.

    I have learned this from past experience in life as well as the stories of the past lives of ancient peoples given as example in the Bible.

    That’s what sets me apart from unbelievers, they only have their past experiences and examples from the world, I have hope because of my past experiences and examples from the “Word”.

    What good is knowing without doing?

    We can’t just set idle with the treasure of knowledge the Bible has given us, but rather get up and move forward, living what we have learned.

    Times up!


  • joycemb says:

    Steve I like your post, you’ve said it all I think. Living in the world but not of it comes to mind. Have a God blessed day!