Rear-View-MirrorAs we venture into the New Year many of us are reflecting back on 2014, so before you do just know there’s a time to look back and there’s a time not too.

This morning I was reading in Jeremiah and in two chapters back to back the Bible referred to two men basically as cowards because they didn’t look back.  The bravest of its fighting men run without a backward glance. They are terrorized at every turn,” says the Lord. Terrified fathers run madly, without a backward glance at their helpless children. – Jeremiah 46:5, 47:3

However, there are also times when it was a bad deal if the people did look back.  Lot’s wife for example in Genesis 19:26. But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.

And in Luke 9:62  when Jesus was gathering His disciples. But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

So how do we know when we should look back and when we shouldn’t?  Try asking yourself this question…what will draw me closer to God in 2015 and what won’t?

Don’t be afraid to look back at past mistakes and failures, but don’t allow them to bring condemnation on you or fear of repeating them. Instead, look back on them with a boldness in knowing that God can use those failures to make you a powerful witness for Him.

Don’t look back desiring things you gave up for God (that’s what Lot’s wife did).  If God asked you to give it up or walk away from it, don’t even take the memory of it into the New Year.  God’s desires for you are so much better than you could ever fathom.

Do look back on all the blessings in your life, the favor God showed you, and the mercy He extended you throughout the year.  You can’t help but be thankful and go into the New Year with a deeper love for Jesus and a longing to be in His presence.

Lord Jesus, I look forward to every new day you give me and I pray that I seek Your will for each of them.  As I reflect back on the past year of my life, leaving behind anything that was not from You, may it draw me into a closer relationship with Jesus.  I pray that I will seek Your word daily, allowing it to show me who I truly am, who YOU created me to be.  Then may I be a reflection of You Lord Jesus, to others.  In Jesus’ name, I pray….AMEN!!

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