How often do you use your rearview mirror? Yes, it’s a must for backing up. But we also glance in it often as we cruise down the road. Why? We need to see what’s behind us to prepare for any move forward. Stopping, changing lanes, or turning could be disastrous without a look back.
In Monday’s post, I shared how looking back at God’s faithfulness in our family’s past moves helps me trust Him in our move to Houston this summer. Again and again in Scripture the biblical authors helped God’s people build their faith by remembering God’s faithfulness in the past.
For instance, in the 105th Psalm, David encourages the Israelites to look back at God’s hand in the nation’s history. His deliverance, provision, and even His judgments in the past were proof that He would keep His promises in the future.
David recounted God’s covenant with Abraham, His choosing of Jacob, their deliverance from slavery in Egypt, God’s care through their wilderness wanderings, and finally their possession of the Promised Land. Neither famine and shackles nor enslavement and homelessness could prevent God from fulfilling His promises to His people in the past.
Psalm 105:1-3 exhorts us to acknowledge all God has done for us in the past, praise Him for His faithfulness, and trust Him with our future.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Let’s heed David’s exhortation today. Consider taking a few moments to do what David tells us to do in Psalm 105:1-3:
- List specific ways God has cared and provided for you in the past.
- Spend time thanking God for what He has done in your life.
- Tell someone about what God has done for you.
- Praise God for who He is. Glorify His holy character.
- Take joy in His faithful provision.
- Consider how the way God has worked in your past might give direction to what He wants to do in your future.
- Look to God for strength and guidance for something in your future.
I would love to hear about what you have to be thankful for. How has God provided in your past? Or share something in the future that you trusting Him for.