Looking back no more?

May I ask you a question? If we’ve seen God at work in our lives in the past do we know he will be there in the future should we fail? Do we need to be searching for God if we trust he has trained us well, well enough to trust without looking back?

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

When Holly and I taught our oldest, Sarah, to ride a bike, two firsts occurred; she was our first child to ride a bike on her own, and it was the first time we played the role of parents teaching one of our children to ride. Mistakes no doubt were made. Sarah’s biggest mistake, however, was that she had developed a lean to one side while riding with training wheels. That worked when the wheels were on, but it was nearly an impossible obstacle without them. She kept veering to one side and losing her balance. Soon frustration set in and so did the tears. My wife, blessed with a better store of patience than me, stuck with it and I retired to watch. She coaxed Sarah to lean the other way to counterbalance the old lean. Finally she got it and wobbled down the road on her own without a parent clutching the handlebars with her.

Sarah became unattached physically to Holly and I over time and her bike became a trustworthy tool for getting her from one driveway to another. I'm sure that Holly’s guidance remained in mind for a long time nonetheless. A trusting relationship with our Heavenly Father is similar.

Oswald Chambers writes. “How are we going to get the life that has no lust, no self-interest, no sensitiveness to pokes, the love that is not provoked, that thinketh (sic) no evil, that is always kind? The only way is by allowing not a bit of the old life to be left, but only simple perfect trust in God, such trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want Himself. Have we come to the place where God can withdraw His blessings and it does not affect our trust in Him? When once we see God at work, we will never bother our heads about things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in Heaven Whom the world cannot see.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 23.)

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The old Sarah leaned to one side because it was comfortable and we abided it until the training wheels were off. Gradually she learned to lean less and less. Finally we let go of her handlebars and she was on her own. Similarly, when God feels it’s time to let go of his secure grasp and withdraw a blessing here or there, we come to a place where we no longer have to lean on his blessings, because we know him in trust. We’ll simply trust he has trained us well and wobble bravely on. We’ve seen God at work in our lives in the past and we know he’ll be there in the future should we fail. As Sarah no longer had to look over her shoulder for Holly, we needn’t be searching for God either. We’ll be fine if we trust God has trained us well, well enough to trust without looking back.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for your spiritual presence in our lives. You’ve trained us well and given us a sense of trust that both comforts and secures. Forgive us Lord when we lose sight of the new man, secured in Christ, that has defeated the old man of sin in our lives. May we never look back when you are always before us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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