Don't Look Back

There was once a hunter who was sitting on a stump waiting for his dream buck to come by.  Suddenly his attention was drawn to a noise to his right.  There,  80 yards away, was a nice buck coming down the road,  making lots of noise as he crashed through the crystallized frozen mud. 

As the hunter shifted to his right to prepare for a shot, the buck became aware of his presence and started back up the hill heading straight away from him.  Not willing to take a shot at the running buck,  the hunter could do nothing but watch as the buck put distance between them. 

It seemed as though this buck was going to live another day, until suddenly,  as if overcome by his curiosity to know what had spooked him,  he stopped and turned to look back over his shoulder.  Fatal mistake!  The hunter settled the cross-hairs behind the buck’s shoulder and slowly squeezed the trigger.  In an instant that buck went from a curious deer to venison for the freezer.

Looking back cost that buck his life!

God’s Word warns us not to look back when the trials of life lessen our desire to move ahead.

The angel warned Lot and his family not to look back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,  but Lot’s wife looked back and she lost her life.

When life was difficult for the children of Israel in the Sinai Desert,  they longingly looked back to life in Egypt as the good ol’ days.  But was life really so rosy back there?  Not at all!   They were slaves!  Their current life of hardship in the desert made them forgot the beatings they had endured,  and the babies that had been killed among them,  and how they had cried out for God for deliverance.

When difficulties come into our lives,  we are tempted to look back,  thinking that life “Before Christ” was somehow better.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  That thinking is one of Satan’s lies and leads to a deadly trap.

The Apostle Paul,  who knew more hardships than any of us are apt to experience,  wrote this to the church at Philippi:

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 3:13,14

May we remember that this life is but a drop of water in the ocean compared to eternity.  In fact, this life is only to prepare us for eternity.

Please make sure that you DON’T LOOK BACK.