2019-09-02 - TIKBVA
Philippians 3:12b-14 (NASB) I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Have you ever felt like you are stuck? Perhaps you are stuck in an unhappy work situation. Stuck in limbo at a church, and unsure if God wants you to stay or go. Stuck in a mired-in situation of sadness over a loss or bitterness over a mistreatment. Stuck in a morass of guilt, feeling overwhelmed and unworthy. And to be sure, we ARE ALL unworthy of God’s grace. But that hasn’t ever stopped God before. If we repent and accept his provision for us through Christ, He offers us forgiveness and a new start, no matter what we have done, no matter what is happening, no matter how old we are. We may suffer Earthly consequences, but God can still redeem every situation and past. And every day is a new slate with him.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB) The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
I bet that some of you wondered if my title were a typo, or if Shiloh had commandeered my laptop keyboard! But I learned from a Choctaw friend that Tikbva is the Choctaw word for “keep moving forward.” Native Americans are more efficient than we are; they can say the same thing with fewer words!
It is easier said than done, but we need to ask God to help us not be bogged down by the past. Of course, that is easier if people aren’t continuing to put something in our faces! But as best we can, we need to just keep doing what we believe that God has caused us to do, and He will reveal what we need to know, when we need to know it. We need to keep our eyes on God’s Kingdom, keep working for Him, and let that order our priorities as taught in His word, the Bible.
As Curtis Mayfield sang, we should “keep on keeping on.”
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