Forward with God

Steven Laman

READ : Numbers 14:1-4
Philippians 3:12-21

Two years after moving away from Southern California, I was excited about my first visit back to the familiar surroundings that had been my home for 12 years. I enjoyed seeing old friends and worshiping in my former church. Yet, being back brought strange feelings. I was able to visit my former home, but it didn’t seem right to see different furniture and my old bedroom turned into an office. The old feelings of “home” were no longer there. Going back was not as wonderful as I thought it would be.

While visiting my old neighborhood, I thought of the Israelites. They complained that they wanted to go back to Egypt, but God did not let them have their way. The pillar of cloud and fire led them toward the promised land. If God had let them go back to Egypt, they would not have been happy there either.

I think the lesson I learned from my visit to my former home is that when God leads us somewhere, we can never go back. As the apostle Paul put it, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Once we decide to follow God, even though we may want to go back to the comfortable and the familiar, He will keep leading us forward. He will lead us forward to our final goal, heaven our promised land.


Lord, show us that You are leading us to a land full of promises. Amen.