Lessons from the Wilderness, Part 5

8.25.2019 Rev. Jennifer Hageman
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“The life of faith is always forward,” begins Pastor Jen. I am learning lessons from thousands of years ago from the Israelites’ time wandering in the wilderness searching for the Promised Land. Pastor Jen brings us a sermon reminding us of the perils of looking back while we are on our Christian journey. The Israelites grumbled and decided at one point to go back to their lives of slavery and abuse in Egypt. As a result of their rebellion and lack of faith in God, He sentenced them to spend 40 years on a journey that should have only taken them days. In addition, he only allowed Caleb and Joshua to see the Promised Land, as they were the only ones who remained faithful to God’s vision. We are also reminded, among many other examples, of Lot’s wife, who was transformed into a pillar of salt as she turned to look back at the life she left in Sodom and Gomorrah, longing for the past. What are some things from the past that influence or hold us hostage? Some examples Pastor Jen gives us are success, which can make us too comfortable where we are to move forward; past hurts, which can run deep, but can be remedied by acknowledging the hurt and forgiving; and past failures, which can freeze us in our tracks for fear of failing again. We are told in the Scriptures to run the race which is before us, to fix our eyes on Jesus, forget what is behind, and to press on toward the goal. Words to live by!