A load of bricks, its weight more than my back can bear, now bent in pain. My legs slowly prod on, feet shuffling. I see the minuscule pebbles, this unending path of lifeless dirt. The air is thick, my breathing shallow.
Who will help me with this load? Who will relieve my burdened back?
When things in life get heavy-hard – have you also noticed you’re prone to looking over your shoulder?
Shackled you, looking back to see what you’ve done wrong.
Your soul feels burdened with your inability to get past.
Discouragement fills your heart. [Maybe anger. Maybe defeat.]
Which mutes your drive to press on.
Looking back that way, there’s always a ball and chain. Every time pressures bear upon my life.
When my finances are tight.
When my kids are struggling.
When my relationships are strained.
When my dreams are on hold.
When my goals seem impossible.
When my expectations are drowned.
I look back to see where I went wrong, and inevitably I feel defeat.
If I keep looking back, I become paralyzed, stuck in a pit of woe.
When will the light come on? When will the weight be gone?
It’s said that it’s the Devil himself who beckons you to look backwards. Because what’s behind you is always past, and cant be changed. Not one teeny bit.
If he gets your head to turn, your eyes backward to land on your performance, then he’s caught you vulnerable – not seeing God. The armor doesn’t cover your back. Ephesians 6:14-17
He has snatched your possibilities.
Our adversary accuses us [Revelation 12:10] and wants to hold us back.
The accuser appeals, “Look back at you! You’ve done it now, you FAILURE!”
And when we take the bait, because we are in a place where it appears we’ve failed, we land in Pit Defeat.
And God is calling, “Remember your Redeemer! Look up! I’ve already taken the weight, you bear it no more!”
And when we turn away from the past, when we get our eyes off of ourselves, there we have His promises waiting to be claimed. [His promises are not “yes and no” but only and always “yes” in Christ, so we can say, “Amen!”] Our faithful God is holy and true, merciful, kind, gracious, compassionate, powerful, and perfectly loving. He reminds us that His mercies are new every morning, so great is His faithfulness.