“Forward”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

Then they told him and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. (Numbers 13:27)

I am not a fan of change.  I like to get up at the same time every day.  I like to follow the same morning routine.  I have my five favorite restaurants and at each restaurant I have my favorite thing I order.  But then again, I am getting quite old.  New stuff makes me uncomfortable.

The Israelites were in the process of one of the greatest changes in history.  Four hundred years of slavery were being exchanged for a new land and new freedom.  Yes, there was a promise of milk and honey, but there were also giants in that new land.  Rather than trusting God to take them into that new land and face their challenges, the Israelites chose forty years of grumbling and reminiscing about those good ol’ days in Egypt. So, which is it beloved?  Forward or backward?  Going backward may seem comfortable, like a well-worn slipper.  Everything is familiar as we dwell on our yesterdays. Going forward requires us to trust the One who is trying to lead us.  Forward is where the unseen promises are.  The future is coming beloved.  Will you face it moving forward, or get caught up as you drift backward?