Don’t Look Back… Moving FORWARD

DO NOT LOOK BACK-Karina's Thought

I was inspired to write this post when my husband watched a sprint race on a TV sport program. I interested saw the sprinters who always on focus straight forward without being affected by their rivals on left or right side and even on the back. They kept focus get up to the finish line as fast as they can. I wondered what if during they ran, they always look to the back. Could they keep run fast? No. They could not. Looking back while running will slow down their running speed and can even make them fall. Eventually they failed to reach a victory.

I am thinking about our life. I found some people who always failed in their life. Has much praying and prayed by many people but still failed and difficult to rise back. Their life is static in all the limitations, even in shortage. They were life in God’s way, faithful and obedient to the God’s word. Does God does not bless them? Whether the God’s promises and blessings only apply to the some people or only for the chosen people? I am very sure not like that, because God’s promise and blessing applies to all people who believe and live in Him. Then the question is what the cause is? I remembered a story of lot’s wife when the Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by God. From this story we could know what the cause is.

Actually, Lot’s wife is in God’s saving plan. It turns out she stopped walking and looked back. Then what happened? She turned into a pillar of salt.

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

Let’s focus on looked back. What is meant with looked back is controlled by the past, haunted by traumatic things, failure or pile of sins in the past and difficult to get out from the shackles of the past that continues to haunt them. In fact there are many people who are shackled with their past. There are also so hard to release bad habits in the past. As a result, they are constantly interrupted with the past and difficult keep on moving and grow in achieving successes. Their faith also becomes difficult to grow. Salvation that has been promised by God will be gone in vain because they still look back and haunted by a dark past. Through two angels sent by God, God said,

“Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” (Genesis 19:17 NIV)

Lot’s wife still difficult to forget everything he had in the Sodom city. She still wants her old life, her property and so on. She broke the God’s message. Once again, actually Lot’s wife is in God’s saving plan but she was ambiguous between wanted to survive but on the other hand it is hard to leave all comforts of her wealth in the back. Due to continue hesitated; she could not stand to not looked back, at least for the last time. This was a very fatal choice and finally she was accepting the consequence.

If we look at the story deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, we can find a similar thing. We can see how the people of Israel at that time repeatedly protested to Moses because they felt lose situation which they consider easier and comfortable, even though they only had a status as a slave in Egypt. Let’s see what they said,

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3 NIV)

They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exodus 17:3 NIV)

They kept grumbling, complaining, nagging and strong protest against the rescue of God. They prefer to look back rather than directing foresight toward a promised land that full of God’s abundant blessings. We know the consequence that none of the early generation which made it into the Promised Land except Joshua and Caleb who have a different heart attitude.

In the New Testament, there was a story about those who wanted to follow Jesus but they chose to linger over and one of them said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” (Luke 9:61 NIV) Then what is Jesus’ answer? Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62 NIV) So obvious that People who are willing to go with Christ must be absolutely ready to leave their old life. Stop looking back. Or if not, then they are not worth before God. God desires each of us to go forward. He longs to pour out His blessings, but the shadow of the past often makes us always looking back, and thereby failed to receive the God’s promises.

Apostle Paul seemed to realize that humans have a tendency to always be in under the shadow of the past. So he needs to remind those who shackled in traumatic or bad things in the past.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)

Paul gave an example, that although he had served God, he still had to focus to forget all the past, bad as anything, and focus on the goals to be achieved in the future.

We all have a past, whatever it is. The problem is how we treat our past especially when we have had a dark past. Whether we immediately forget it and keep moving forward? Or we just shackled and continue to allow ourselves to be haunted by our dark past so we difficult to move forward and eventually we will hard to accept the beautiful God’s promises? My dear readers, this evening allow me to once again to remind all of us that we cannot move forward if our life always haunted by our past. We need to truly understand that God loves us. He does not want us to live bound in sin, problems of life and traumatic thing of the past. Honestly, personally I once had a dark past.  And I always remember what my father said at the time, “it does not matter you have a dark past. Everyone has.  But there are two things you have to do.  Make your dark past as a valuable lesson, learn it so that henceforth you will not do over it again, and once you have learned and get something from your dark past, immediately remove it all from your mind, let it go and never look back again. The past will not destroy your future unless you let it. Your life is not just for the past. God already provides a bright future that filled with His Blessings. God provides a new hope to us who live in Christ. Let the past remains as the past. Do not make it all as a hindrance to undergo your future”

My dear readers, what about us now? Whether we are still in the shadows of the past that make us so hard to move forward? Or probably we know that a bright future awaits us, but our eyes and minds covered by the fog of the past so that it is hard to move achieve a beautiful future and hope which has been promised by God? Like whom we want to be? We want to be like a sprinter who always focuses forward, never looking back and will reach victory? Or we want to be like Lot’s wife who unwilling to let go her past, broke God’s message, choose a fatal choice, and brought her to perish? This time, allow me to encourage you to quickly get out from the shadow of our past and close the door of our past. Bury in deeply our past that may be dark and bitterly and start to look and move forward. Living in the shadow of the past will not give any benefits instead will lead us to the bitterness. We will lose of joy and new hope that has been provided by God. Stop looking back and reach beautiful God’s plan which full of peace and prosperous, living in abundance God’s blessings. Our lives probably not be better than our past, but let us remember that,

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

It’s time to let all your past go. Let’s stop looking back to the past, let’s move forward. God provides a new hope to us who live in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

We could learn from our past, take some positive things from there but after that, we have to let our past go far away from our mind. Do not let our past haunt our life and become an obstacle so we difficult to move forward for the better future. I will end this post with questions to ponder together. Where we stand now?  Are we already on the future side and ready to open the door of bright opportunity to reach beautiful God’s promises? Or we still on the past side let its door remain open haunt our minds continually and we could not get anything there? Which one we will choose? The choice is yours. Amen.


Karina – Living by faith

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83 thoughts on “Don’t Look Back… Moving FORWARD

  1. Hello Lauren,
    Thank you very much for your lovely response. Yes we have to determine it for reaching a wonderful future with God. Thank you to God we are doing well 🙂 Thank you for your caring. Have a wonderful and blessed day to you.

  2. For me, as one of those for whom most of life is now the past, I find great comfort in knowing God is not bound by time. God is in my future, my present and my past. I also believe that God will take from my past whatever is useful, and use it in ways I never thought imaginable. Your post is thought-provoking and encouraging. As I age the challenge is to let go of that past (can’t forget all of it because God was in it) and let God use it or not when and where God chooses. This brings me comfort. Thanks, Karina. I needed some encouragement today to keep moving into the future God has for me–whatever it is.

    • Dear sister in Christ, Elouise..
      You have such a great response on my post. I love you said,”God is in my future, my present and my past. I also believe that God will take from my past whatever is useful, and use it in ways I never thought imaginable” thank you for another contemplation 🙂 Thank you to God if this post could brings comfort not just for you but to others too. God bless you, sister 🙂

  3. Hi Karina
    Great post….I want to be the sprinter who looks straight on. Never looking behind or to the left or to the right! He looks straight on focused on his goal.


  4. Amen! Although the past has helped to shape us, it doesn’t have to define who we are. Our identity is in Christ! Thank you for such a wonderful post and reminder to keep looking toward the goal and staying focused!

    • My dear Meghan, thank you very much 🙂 Also thank you for reblogging my post. It was such a gret honor to me. Hope and pray that everything is going well with you too 🙂 Good bless you.

  5. Wonderful thoughts. If I may add, even King Solomon agrees with you.

    Ecclesiastes 7:10
    Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
    For it is not wise to ask such questions.

    Instead of longing for bygone days, look to the future. God is still working his plan and the best is yet to come.

    Regards and goodwill blogging

    • Dear brother in Christ,Rudy
      Thank you very much for additional great Bible verse and such a lovely comment 🙂 I really appreciate it. Amen! God still working His plan and the best is yet to come. Have a blessed day to you.

  6. Reblogged this on Rudy u Martinka and commented:

    In my opinion, this post on Karina;s thought presents some wonderful thoughts which I surmise to be relative to this King Solomon writing.

    Ecclesiastes 7:10
    Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
    For it is not wise to ask such questions.

    Instead of longing back at bygone days. Look to the future. God is still working his plan and the best is yet to come.

    Regards and goodwill blogging

  7. The past is part of the journey of our lives, we can not deny it. But we should not be restrained by the past, because it will be a burden so that we can not reach the future. As dark as our past, the blood of Jesus has redeemed us, so we can say “i’m free”
    A good remember 🙂 Jesus bless you my beautiful Karina Lam

  8. Hi Karina:
    Brilliant biblical exegesis and excellent revelation of not looking back to the past, but looking forward to the many wonderful promises God has and will perform for and in us!

    As examples, scriptures such as ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’ Php4:13, and ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ Php4:19 should mean a whole lot to us, since they were given by God to us!

    God bless you, your husband, & child,
    Uncle Wyman in Hawaii

    • Hello,Uncle Wayman..
      Thank you very much your such a lovely response on my post 🙂 Also thank you for the Bible verses. Many blessing to you and the whole family in Hawaii. Regards to Aunt Liz.

  9. Thank you, Karina! I’ve looked back too often, and I know that is one of my faults. It does no good, and I know I need to keep my eyes on the prize, not on the starting line, but on the finish line. So glad you wrote this, I needed it!

    • dear sister Dawn,
      You are most welcome 🙂 The past is a part of our book life chapters, we may could not remove it all. But we have not to live in the past. As you said, we have to keep our eyes on the prize that waiting 🙂 Thank you for lovely response on my post, sis. Have a blessed weekend to you.

  10. When I look back at my past Karina, it is a reminder of how faithful God has been and how much He Loves me. I still remember what happened to me (see below) but without any pain now, only Joy that today I’m a Redeemed Child of God and have been healed emotionally as He promised I would be and having asked and received His wisdom and empowering and not doubting that I have, I now understand what is needed to walk in Victory.


    I also give Thanks that I have life wisdom too having lived many years and can discern why I made mistakes when I was younger and so I have compassion on the woman I was, although I don’t take lightly as King David, Peter and Paul etc didn’t that I hurt God and others but I have no doubt I’m forgiven like them and so I experience no shame looking back only Awe for God’s great Love, Mercy and forgiveness … How wonderful to be so greatly Loved by our Abba Father.

    Paul shared his experiences (see below) and how he overcame them as we can see in Romans 7 and other Scriptures too, it’s not in looking back that can cause problems, it is in how we do it which is what I feel you were meaning Karina.

    2 Corinthians 11:24-31 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own Countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the Churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

    • Dear sis Anne,
      I just read again your link post. And again, I am so touched and moved. Thank you so much for your meaningful story. As always, all of you shared will become my lesson and reflection. And the great Bible verses also will become my further self study. From here we pray for you and family. May God always bless you with joyful life in Him. Amen. Thank you very much and blessings to you, sis Anne.

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  12. This is a very important lesson for abuse survivors. Our pain is so great, we may have difficulty looking beyond it. But our past is not the measure of our future. With God’s help, we can move forward toward a new life. Thank you, Karina. ❤

    • Dear, sister Anna
      Your are welcome,sis 🙂 I personally thank you for always faithful reading my posts. Thank you very much, sis 🙂 God bless and have a wonderful Week.

  13. This post addresses a very important point in our journey as Christians. We must remain focused on the present and eventual goal, which is obtaining the prize…heaven. Looking back will only do us harm in running the race of life. Let us never be distracted by the things of our past, for they are done and gone in the eyes of God. We don’t have to concern ourselves with them any longer as children of the Most High.

    May we learn to keep our focus on the things of God and move forward at all times. For this is the desire of our Lord for us. A very good post, Karin!

    Steve 🙂

      • Hi, sis! Hope all is well with you and your family. You are always welcome for my comments…I hope they may be helpful in some way. Have you found the time to read that book I recommended? If not, try to read a little bit at a time. It is well worth it…

        Have a wonderful evening and day tomorrow!

        Blessings to you in Christ Jesus…


        • Every single comment of my readers is always something important for me, brother. Many times through their command I learn many valuable things 🙂 about the book, I recently read it at glance. I am sorry, I have busy time lately. This week I have another business trip to other country.. I will read it with full focus when I have free time 🙂 Thank you and God bless.

          • I know you are busy, and that you will read the book as you have the time. It isn’t my intention to harass you about it. I am so sorry if you felt any pressure from me!

            You take care of yourself as you travel for your company and for your family. Read the book when you have the time, sis.

            Continue to be a blessing!

            Steve 🙂

  14. Those of us who have endured great trauma or suffered great loss may have difficulty letting the past go. God’s promise of a hope and a future can sound hollow. The past powerfully shapes our present. But God’s promise is, in fact, true. He is greater than any trauma, any loss. He knows us at deep level, and is able to heal our wounds as no human physician can. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Karina! ❤

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