Daily Devotional – 1/12/12 “Think back but don’t look back!”

As we journey on this Christian walk we will go through all types of things that will try to throw us off our designed path. You do know that the path you’re walking is designed just for you, right? Well, the bible says in Romans 8:29 “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” See if God has already predestined you for greatness, because being like Jesus means you’re destined for greatness, don’t you think the devil knows? Now, if the devil knows this then he has a responsibility to make sure you don’t make it to that greatness. He will throw things into your way that’ll make you want to turn and look back at your past life. He’ll throw struggle in your way so that you can look back at all the easy times you had in the world to make you want to turn back. He’ll throw sickness in your way to make you look back on all the healthy days you had in the world, to make you want to turn back. He’ll throw more bills and less money in your way to make you want to revert back to the days when you had more money in your pocket, from doing wrong, than you had time to spend it. He’ll throw a friend in your path that party all night on Saturday because they don’t have to go to church on Sunday, to make you want to go back to the old you. He’ll even throw that fine sister or brother in your path to make you want to revert back to being carefree and careless instead of a husband or wife. Well, I am here to tell you to think back on your past life but don’t look back. Why? Because when you look back, you might just go back. See, the enemy will make your past road look all smooth and easy and better than the bumpy road you’re walking now that you’ve chosen God, but it’s actually just a painted scene that he’s showing you. The enemy will make the grass from your past look dark green, healthy and worth standing on, when you look back, while the grass you’re currently on has a few dead spots, weeds and even a few bugs; but it could just be a green light shining on a brown patch.

When you choose God, you choose life but life with an occasional struggle because the struggle makes you strong. See your storms, tests and the trials you endure they are not to take you out but it’s to build your faith that God can do all he said he can and believeth to know that he will. The bible says in Job 14:1 “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble,” so God isn’t picking on you but he simply letting you know that not all your days will be good but they’ll be worth it. How can you appreciate the sunshine if you never see the rain? How can you appreciate the car you have if you’ve never been without one? How can you appreciate being healthy if you’ve never been sick? How can you know what it feels like being up if you have never been down? How can you appreciate the extra money if you’ve never been broke and how can you appreciate the job you have if you’ve never been without? God doesn’t knock you down to leave you, but he does it because he wants to know if your praise is the same. It’s like you winning the lottery and now you have family and friends coming from everywhere to get a piece of it, but when you were struggling you couldn’t offer free food and get a crowd. They are using you, right? Well, that’s how God feels when you only call him during the struggle going down but not on the easy climb up. Have you ever wondered why folks sing, “I’m climbing up on the rough side of the mountain, and I’m doing my best to make it in?” Well, if you climb up on the rough side then you’ll have the smooth side to slide down on. Climbing on the rough side also gives you bumps to hold on too and grooves to place your feet in to push you up higher. Climbing on the rough side will make you appreciate the top when you make it because it was a struggle to get there. You know when you sacrifice hanging out and friends, the late night homework and the stress of passing a test, that’s climbing the rough side of the mountain, but getting that diploma and/or degree after you’ve worked so hard, that’s sliding down the smooth side. The months of chemo, surgery and radiation for the cancer that’s attacking your body, that’s climbing the rough side of mountain, but hearing the doctor say cancer free is sliding down the smooth side. Losing momma or daddy is climbing the rough side of the mountain but knowing the pain they endured is over is sliding down the smooth side. Stressing over where your child is when they are in the world, on drugs and alcohol and constantly being in jail is climbing the rough side of the mountain, but seeing them walk up that aisle to sit in the chair and dedicate his life to Christ is sliding down the smooth side.

The life you’ve chosen with God isn’t easy but is worth it and looking back over your past life won’t change the things that happened back then and while it may have been easier in the world, you were still paying a price. With God the reward you get is eternal life but with the devil it’s an eternity in the pits of hell’s fire. See, after you’ve done all that you were supposed to do, for God, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world (Matthew 25:34) ,” but for those who choose the world, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).” Being in the world may have perks but it also has a price but God paid that price when he died on the cross but in his dying we gain protection and through God’s protection we get promise and God’s promise gives us praise and praise gives us power and power gives us potential and through this potential we get purpose! So when you want to turn to look back over your past, don’t! Simply think about it and how God has brought you from where you used to be, to where you are now and be thankful. I know that you have some bad days but if you write a list of your bad and good, the good should outweigh the bad and even if they don’t PUSH! That means Pray Until Something Happens!

“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:16-17”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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