The Backward Glance

The Backward Glance

If a farmer is plowing his field and looks to the right or to the left or anywhere but straight ahead of him even while his feet are still following the plow, his furrow will go crooked. In the same way, when we look backwards at our past, our furrow goes crooked.

The Devil knows the peril that lies in that backward glance, so he’s constantly tries to persuade us to look back, engage our thoughts in ourselves, our sins, our worthlessness, and our failures. Looking at those things—the backward glance—causes our furrow to go crooked at once, and it greatly hinders our straight path of walking with the Lord.

I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…. –Phil. 3:13


  1. This is so true and what a waste of the gift of life God has given is if we continue looking back. Thank you for this now word.

  2. The Apostle Paul told us to forget the things behind and go forward. Good advice for this very reason, that is, the devil loves to try and pull us down by throwing our past mistakes in our face. There is another reason to not look back. Sometimes we get stuck in past successes or remembering and longing for the days of old. Lot’s wife was told to not look back , but she looked back anyway, and turned into a pillar of salt. I think she looked back because she found a part of that life enjoyable and didn’t want to leave.

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