August 5th, '18
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they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might
have had opportunity to have returned" (Hebrews 11:15)
I have run my ear square into the open end of a
door by walking with my head cocked backward. A car on the freeway driving in
reverse would be a dangerous object to dodge. Windshields are fifty times
bigger than rear-view mirrors for a reason; we are supposed to concentrate on
what is ahead not what is behind. That is also why eye-sockets are positioned
to the forefront. "No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).
In Branson we have the "Remember When Theater".
There nostalgic tunes from War days are played as well as the crooning hits of
the Fifties and other golden oldies that take listeners' hearts back to the good
ole days. Visiting the past is grand, but trying to re-release the T-Bird
among Hummers or reintroduce the Four Tops among hip-hop fans may be
delusional. I can understand wanting to go back in the natural and I am sure it
would be an improvement in many ways but planets don't have the brakes needed
to pivot rotation.
It may work at times in the natural but looking
back never works in the spiritual. Our text states that pilgrims like Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob reached their destinies because they were not "mindful of that
country from whence they came". The Hebrews couldn't get Canaan in their minds
until Egypt was out of their minds. It's the dilemma of trying to hit two targets
with just one arrow. The back has to be turned on the past before the future
can rightly come into view. The old you has to die for the new to emerge.
If they had been mindful of the old country
"they might have had opportunity to have returned". Lot's wife turned back and
all effectiveness crystallized that moment. She became a pillar of salt. The Palestine tour guides can point out the sulfur/saline statue to the far south end of the Dead
Sea but I'm not talking about historical markers here. Many living people are
similarly set in salt. Their minds were movements at one time, now, only
monuments. The little voice inside Don Henley's head said, "Don't look back,
you can never look back". It is tragic when the free man goes back into slavery.
The heart breaks to see the Teen Challenge graduate back on the streets in Harlem,
in worse shape than before. Thank God, that is one ministry with a high success
rate. But many people do go back. It is because they are "mindful" of
the old. Do you know why the waters of the Red Sea converged after the last
Israelite crossed to the eastern bank? So they would not have a passage back to
Egypt. The enemy gives "opportunity" to return but you have to cross back by
pirate ship; God doesn't divide the Sea to make the return easy. And what is
there back there that you really want anyway? Everything the prodigal son went
to the far country to find had always been there at the father's house. You
don't need to leave. You need to refocus.