Psalm 42:11 & 43:5
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” ESV
“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Those words were spoken by Winston Churchill when the city of London was getting bombed almost nightly, Hitler was on the verge of crushing the Royal Air Force, and his country was at a loss of any kind of rationale for holding on to hope.
Look backwards? I had thought hope only dreamt about what good may come tomorrow. You can’t have hope without substance. What Churchill was saying to England when its cities were literally crumbling down before their very eyes, and stretchers were carrying their dead and wounded, was that England had heart. That same spirit in the people that made it the nation it was, though it was physically being destroyed, was the same spirit that would make them rise to the challenge and win. The light inside the people would carry them through their darkest hour by faith in God, and being who they were called to be.
Do you feel crushed, cast down, defeated, or maybe even… hopeless? Look backwards. See what God has done to get you this far. The same God that got you where you are today will take you where you need to be tomorrow.
I’m glad God’s a Savior, and that’s his MOS, not ours (Military Occupational Specialty). He went to battle for our complete and total salvation, not only 2000 years ago on a Cross, but when our hearts and eternity were conceived. That’s why we have to look backwards. He’s got way more invested in preserving our heart, mind, and souls than we could ever conceive. That’s why we can have hope, because it doesn’t rest in our strength, but his.
By Aaron F. Jeffers