To know the possibilities of our future, we need to look back at our past.
Reference: v.7 He also said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it." (NIV Bible)
Explore: I have just started a Christian leadership course called Arrow Leadership Australia. As I head into a deep exploration of my potential in leadership I have been asked to fill in a great deal of surveys. First there was the personality test, then the strengths survey and now there's the leadership questionnaire. These resources are there to help me understand what I can do best in my future. However each time I fill one of these surveys out I am having to dig into my past to see how I have acted before. To know the possibilities of our future, we need to look back at our past. This is not to say that we are bound by our past but that we can learn about ourselves when we look back at previous behaviours.
Application: When Abram wanted clarification of his future, God reminded him of his past. God had been committed to Abram and brought him out of Ur and in so saying, God was committed to fulfilling his covenant to Abram. God is a faithful god. We can look back through the Bible and see the commitment he made and fulfilled through many people. Likewise, when we look back at our own lives we can see how faithful God has been to us. While this does not limit the potential of God using us in the future, it helps us to have faith through what He has achieved in the past.
Prayer: Lord, we are humbled that You would use us to build Your kingdom here on earth. May our faith in You increase each and every day. Amen.
What experience, encounter or situation has occurred in your past that has assisted your faith in God for the future?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.