Pushing backwards

The Psalmist writes “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah” (143:5-6). To remember is to look backwards so to speak, to reflect and revisit God’s past dealings with you.

Charles Spurgeon gives an illustration of this from the waterways of old:

Bargemen on the canal push backwards that they may propel the barge forward, and sometimes we who believe in Jesus Christ have to push backwards — to look back on our past experiences in order to derive fresh courage for the present hour of trial.

Friends, take time to look backwards today. His mercies ought not to be forgotten. You will find help for the present and for the way yet ahead.


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