Back to the Future

back to the futureThe movie ‘Back To The Future’ was a blockbuster movie of a generation ago. It still has a following and resurfaces in the media from time to time. The title of the movie jogged my thinking as 2015 passed into 2016. I have a strategy for the New Year – it is called the ‘Back to the Future’ approach.

Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, a scholar well-versed in Old Testament Hebrew, spoke to a gathering of which I was a part. He related insights about the Hebrew mindset concerning the future. He shared that there was an ancient Hebrew concept that a person walks backward into the future. A person is not able to see the future, but can clearly see the past. A rearview look at God’s faithfulness in days past can give a person confidence to move into the future. Because He has always been faithful, we have no reason to think He will not be faithful tomorrow.

There are numerous scriptures that could be mentioned to encourage us to look at what God has done in the past as a guide to the future. Allow me to share just a few:

  • Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:2)
  • Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. (1 Chronicles 16:12)
  • Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.  (Psalm 105:5)

The beloved hymn ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ by Thomas Chisholm gives us great confidence to move into the future:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions – they fail not.
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow –
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hands hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Prayer For The New Year: Lord, as I move into the future that I cannot see, help me to clearly see that Your presence has always been with me in the past. I will then confidently move into tomorrow trusting You.

~Brother Roy

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