And let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith… Hebrews 12:1,2
Recently, my devotions found me in the book of Numbers. Now, I have to be honest, I don’t get a lot out of Numbers. Guess I never was that good at math. I sometimes find myself speed reading through some of those passages, Lord forgive me!
But I did slow down long enough to run across an interesting passage:
Tell Aaron that when he sets up the seven lamps in the lamp stand, he is to place them so their light shines forward. Numbers 8:2 (NLB)
I’m not sure why God made that requirement of Aaron but I wonder if he was trying to show us the importance of being forward looking. Not dwelling in the past. Not looking to the left or right in uncertainty. Moving straight ahead toward the goal.
You remember, the Israelites were constantly wanting to return to Egypt. God was telling them, “Don’t look back. The Promised Land lies ahead!”
God placed our eyes in the front of our heads for a reason. He wants us looking forward. He placed our ears facing forward so we will follow His voice, not listen to what others are saying behind our backs.
In fact, there’s really only one part of our anatomy He made behind us… But we’ll save that for another discussion.