Moving Forward

The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Job 17:9

Yesterday is the advisory of tomorrow.

In my previous blog, Looking Forward I discuss the importance of looking forward, This week I want to discuss the importance of moving forward. Taking action is an essential component of our future, though it can be extremely difficult.

Have you ever felt like a pack horse so weighed down by your past, you felt incapable of moving forward? God’s desire for us is that we get stronger and stronger but often times we find ourselves doing the exact opposite, getting weaker and weaker. When we allow ourselves to focus and move toward the past, it should come to no surprise it affects our progress. If you’re not moving forward, you are behind.

We can not take the consequences of moving backward lightly. A lot of things we deal with on a day-to-day are a direct result of moving in reverse. Some of the biggest strongholds we face such as depression and anxiety are a lot of times linked to what baggage we are carrying from our past, in turn making it hard to move on.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18

Can you imagine trying to get to Antartica by moving north? The same is true when we try to move to the future while motioning the opposite way. While it is ok to learn lessons from your past and remember the incredible things God has done for you, dwelling on the negative of yesterday has zero percent chance of bettering your tomorrow.

Forgetting the former
Embracing the new
Moving forward

Sow. Wait. Reap.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Patience.
Can we all take a moment and acknowledge how hard this virtue can be to develop and maintain? While we all know patience to be an important part of life, it nonetheless can be a difficult part. Often times in my own life, patience was relatively easy in the early stages of the process but then after waiting-

then waiting some more-

it began to feel more like I was on pins and needles opposed to feeling at rest in the midst of God’s perfect timing. I was relying on my own understanding, rather than trusting in God’s timing.

Unfortunately, I am late sometimes. Alright, most of the time. It is an unintentional habit I’ve established over the years and have yet to kick it. However, God is never late. Notice, I didn’t say The Lord is early either. He is always right on time. Although, we often lose sight of this truth in the midst of our process and that’s exactly what it is- a process.

While I have never been a farmer there is one thing I know. Farming is a process. There is a bridge in between the seed and the harvest, that bridge being the wait. There is a time for the seed, a time for the harvest and likewise a time for the wait.

This blog is a follow up to my previous blog- Those Who Wait where I discuss the importance of waiting on The Lord. The wait isn’t a time to doubt, however, it is a time of expectancy. For as the farmer will see his harvest so will you see your harvest in due time. In perfect time. In God’s time.

But I will watch for the Lord; I will wait confidently for God, who will save me. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Wait confidently.

Keep Going

You might be one moment away from your breakthrough.

During the California Gold Rush, there was a prospector that was searching for gold. This particular man searched for months and dug persistently to find what he believed to be, his breakthrough. As the days went by showing little-to-no promise, he lost faith and grew weary. Fed up, he sold his equipment and gave away his digging location to another man. It turned out this man went to work and only three feet into digging, he found the first man’s breakthrough. Three. Feet. Away. from his breakthrough, he gave up.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Joshua 6
I think of Joshua and the Israelites- I think of the moments leading up to the walls of Jericho collapsing. Can you imagine if right before the last lap around the walls of Jericho, they decided to throw in the towel? Whatever your walls you need to be torn down, remember there is power in persistence.

You have never been closer to your breakthrough.

Keep Praying.
Keep Praising.
Keep Pursueing.
Keep Going.

The Potter / The Clay

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

I love architecture. I love admiring the creativity and creation first seeded from an idea then birthed into reality. My wife always makes the comment, if you put me in any sort of building I will have something to talk about for hours. It doesn’t matter where it is, I am always finding myself rambling on about the intricate detail that goes into the design and construction of one said structure. What is the last creation you have seen that has left you astonished? Maybe it was a building, a painting or a poem. Now imagine that creation questioning its creator. Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this very thing.

“How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid” Isaiah 29:16

Why don’t I look like that person? Why don’t I have these talents? God couldn’t have made me, look at me. Insecure and uncertain, we question the formulation of God, our Creator. Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are God’s handiwork, so why question our Maker? You are the work of the One who made the mountains and the sky, do we question the creation of the mountains or sky? Of course not, we see their purpose and significance! Just as your Creator sees purpose and significance in you!

God knew exactly what He was doing as He made each unique feature that you are made up of. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, with every detail down to your fingerprints, sophisticatedly arranged by the hand of God. It is hard to live our full potential when our full attention is fixated on what we don’t have. When we live a life full of appreciation for what we do have, we no longer question our Creator’s creation, but rather live fearless and brazen knowing we are God’s masterpiece!

These words aren’t meant to be applied to our lives so we live full of boastfulness and self-worship. However, we boast in the Lord because our confidence is in Him. We are going to get to the end of our life and we’ll have done one of two things: live a life questioning our purpose or live a life answering the call of God on our life. Your desires, dreams, gifts and callings have been put in you by God, and it’s through God that you can accomplish those things.

The Father / The Children
The Creator / The Creation
The Potter / The Clay

Isaiah Roebuck