Look forward and back

Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 22 & Revelation 7

My husband, a man of great patience taught me to drive at the time when we were ‘courting’, and yes, we survived the experience. He also taught our boys to drive. Me, I avoided THAT influencing role of the parent in order to maintain my sanity and relationship with our 2 sons …

One thing I do recall was his patience in helping me understand the importance of, and teaching me how to keep my eyes fixed on what was in front, and at the same time, develop the skill of continually glancing in the revision and side mirrors to keep an eye on what was behind.

Chronicles is like this; a reminder that the past or what was behind the Israelites was not a dusty, historical archive to be shelved and forgotten, but rather the importance of remembering to glance back in order to have a clearer understanding of what was ahead or what might unfold.

David’s conversation and directives to his young son Solomon, take me to the chapter in Ecclesiastes about there being a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecc 3:1&3b

There is certainly a parallel with tear down and build with the circumstances and experience of David in leading God’s people through a period of turmoil and war into a time of peace for Solomon to then take up the leadership, as it was for Moses leading the Israelites to the promised land and handing over the leadership to Joshua.

God’s people were lead by Moses out of a period of oppression and tyrant rule; the period too of wandering in the dessert of difficulty and uncertainty, to have Joshua then become the leader who would take them into the promised land; to a time and place of rest.

Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you; ‘The Lord your God is giving you rest and has granted you this land.’ Joshua 1:13

For David in encouraging Solomon of his role; But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars …. but you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from his enemies on every side …. and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.’ 1 Chron 22:8-9

Look back and remember to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. 1 Chron 22:13 / Joshua 1:9

The relationship between what had gone before to what was to unfold; the history of God building his kingdom through is people, is emphasised in David’s order to the leaders of their role in helping Solomon fulfil God’s plan and call on his life; the purpose of his role in the history of relationship restoration. Vs 17-19

And as the chapter comes to an end, in that last verse, a beautiful reminder of how our own personal story of faith can shape our present and our future. ‘Now devote your heart and soul seeking the Lord your God’. Vs 19a

In the same way we keep our eyes alert to what might be happening on the road to help in making wise decisions for reaching our destination, by keeping our hearts deep in the truth of God’s word, it will provide all the resources we need for doing the task he has set before us for building His kingdom.



One thought on “Look forward and back

  1. Thanks Karen, and these lessons are so true today as we face with the hope and confidence of God being with us always in all events. Glancing in our personal rear mirrors God’s steady presence in all we have done as witness of His personal promises to continue to be with each of us in all life throws at and blesses us with. So may we be courageous in all before us.

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