Turning The Clock Back
Scripture: Job chapter 29
Introduction: Last night before Eva and I retired for the night, I went through the house and turned all of our clocks back one hour. That extra hour sleep was great, except I think I was awake at the same time. We often turn back the clock in our minds. Paul speaks of forgetting those things behind, and pressing forward, looking forward. But as we grow older we have a tendency of looking back. There is a poem that speaks of where my " Get Up and Go has been" someone wrote and I have added some words to it. Maybe I will share that poem with you sometime.
But there isn't anything wrong about turning the clock back, looking back, thinking of what the Lord has brought you through. How when you were engulfed in the dark clouds of fear and trembling, not knowing if you would make it through the storm.
But God was with you and brought many of you through the Valley of The Shadow of Death. Job, here in the twenty-ninth chapter is turning back the clock. He was remembering how it use to be in his life. He looks at himself at present, the future looked mighty bleak for him. Sores from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. The loss of wealth and family, accused by his friends of being punished for sin in his life, even his wife had said "Curse God and Die".Then Job turns back the clock, he remember how it use to be. He had a past that brought some comfort to him in the midst of the storm.
He remembered the days of his youth. " When the secret of God was upon him. The days that he walked like a miner with a lamp on his head through the darkness. He remembered when he had has children about him. He remembered went he walked down the streets into the city as he passed by he was so respected because of his walk with God, when the young men saw him they hid. The aged who were seated, stood up to greet him, the young girls hushed their talking and laughter, the leaders of the city, they became silent. He remembered when he spoke they listened, when they saw him they greeted him. Because they remembered how he had cared for the poor, the orphan, and those who had no one to help them. They remembered how he had fed those who were about to perish. He caused the widow's heart to sing with joy. He was eyes to the blind, feet for the lame, father to the poor. He stood against the wicked, he was counsel to many as they waited to hear his words. He smiled, and this smile encouraged those who were cast down. He was like a Chief, a King on the army. He help them to find their way and comforted those who were mourning. What a wonderful resume. Should he have any regrets about his past? Why not turn back the clock, Job?
First - We can turn back the clock
When we turn the clock back and begin to think of the days of yesterday. There are several things we can do that will be a blessing to us and some things we need not dwell on. When we think of the failures, think of them as stepping stones that God used to bring us to a place in life where He would be more able to use us. We know that many failures were the results of sin and rebellion against God. If we are saved, we can rejoice that we are forgiven . "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness, First John1: 9 also, ...."the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from ALL sin. Verse 7 of chapter one. Don't dwell on failures, but, "Count your blessings, name them one by one and see what God has done." Had a phone call on yesterday from one of my sons in the ministry. We remembered that night when he came to see his oldest daughter to be baptized. I had baptized at the beginning of the service, then brought the message, when I gave the invitation, his youngest daughter looked up to her father, and said something like this, "Daddy I am going to go and give my hear to Jesus and I will pray for you." Wow! did that hit home. He reached down and took her by the hand and the two came down the isle and gave their lives to Christ. Space will not allow me to tell the rest of the story. He told me again last night God not only saved me but called me to preach. He said I knew when I got up off my knees that I was going to have to preach. It took him only a few days to announce his calling. As I think back on that night and the years of how God has blessed he and his family, I rejoice. It would take page after page for me to share with you the Blessings of God in my life, And I am sure this is true in your life.
Second, We Need to Set Our Clocks Forward
We must not dwell too long on the past; if we do we will not take advantage of the present, and will not be ready for the challenges of the future. God is not through with us yet or we would not be still here on planet earth. We are still under construction. Sometimes the hammer and saws are sorta hard, but once the building is finished we will be beautiful in His sight, as well in the sight of others.
Third, a Quick Look at the Future
We can only look to the future through EYES OF FAITH. We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. It is in the nail scarred hands of Jesus and we are in His hands. The Psalmist writes "I was young and now I am old, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or His seed begging bread." Be encouraged, "For God will supply all your needs according to his riches in Glory"
Do you really want to know what God wants from you and me? More than anything else? More than preaching, more than singing, more than giving Tithes and Offering, more than what Job was doing for others in his youth? Here it is. He wants to have fellowship with you and me. He wants us to draw near Him. Walk with Him on a daily basis. That takes commitment. It takes discipline in our lives. It takes getting priorities straitened out. It takes time alone with Him as well as being conscious of His presence everywhere we go. He isn't just the God in heaven, He is closer than our own breath. May God bless you is my prayer as you roll back the clock , as you look at the present time, and by faith roll the clock forward.
Amen and Amen
Copyright Rev. Bill Taylor 2003
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