Why We Must Not Look Back
It is without a doubt that a lot of us have never experienced the incidence seen in this year 2020. The whole world is struggling to adjust to what has been tagged as the “new normal”. So many people have lost their loved ones, jobs, and businesses. Indeed, what a year!
Let’s remind ourselves of an event that took place in Luke 8: 22 – 25:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm (NLT)
For a child of God, we can experience Peace amid a storm, just as in this pandemic crisis. During a raging storm, Christ called forth Peace, and therefore, we have an assurance that we are recipients of this great peace if we have Christ in our boat. However, if you are not a child of God, you have to surrender your life to Christ to experience the divine calm that only Christ gives.
"We cannot eat at the table of God,
relish His mercy and protection and turn back."
Peace is what Christ has declared. However, how are we holding up?
At the onset of the pandemic, we all ran to God; asking for mercy and protection, re-dedicating our lives as well as professing our love to Him. We became new beings! However, as we adjust to the odd, is the passion still up? Is the fire still burning? Are we still seeking God doggedly?
We can’t take God for granted if we want to enjoy His peace. We cannot eat at the table of God, relish His mercy and protection and turn back. See what the Bible says in Luke 9: 62 (NLT); But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”. Are you looking back after running to God for mercy? God is not to be fooled. Heb 6: 4 – 6 says; "Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible. Why they’ve re-crucified Jesus! They’ve repudiated him in public!"(The Message).
No one knows what this year or the future holds, we have not seen it all. This is not the time to relent, it’s the time to Hold up the fort! Christ is the only hope to have peace in the storm, do not lose sight of Him.
How are you holding up?
This article was written by the Sunday School department of Family of Faith Chapel. familyoffaithchapel.org