We cannot consistently step forward while looking backward. Forward motion requires single-minded pursuit. We don’t look back to what was, but live in the now of what is.
1 Timothy 6:11 says, “But you, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” Psalm 34:14 says, “Depart from evil and do good, seek peace, and pursue it.” Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
Pursue is an action word. It requires attentiveness, being alert, and watchful. It means to be aware and not complacent. I want to make sure that nothing pulls me off course.
Peace is irrevocable. It is a gift of righteousness. To seek peace and pursue it means that I need to wrestle down any thoughts that would disturb my gift of peace. For example, someone does something that causes anger to rise up within me. Listen to this: that act of their part just revealed a hidden unresolved issue in my heart!
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of spring the issues of life.” Our unresolved issues rise when we least expect them. They spring out unexpectedly. Don’t get sidetracked in an angry exchange. Instead of reacting, we should rejoice that the Lord has just revealed something that we buried. It’s time to get set free!
One of my constant prayers is for the Lord to reveal the hidden in my heart. I was a stuffer. There are things buried that I don’t remember. He is faithful to set us free, when we have enough truth hidden in our heart that will keep us grounded.
John 14:30 Jesus says, “…for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has no hold on Me.” Jesus had no footholds, no hooks, absolutely nothing for satan to use to pull Him off His course. That is what He desires for each of us.
Stay the course! Luke 9:62 says, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Walking consistently with the Lord requires undivided attention, single-mindedness, and wholehearted pursuit. Let go of your past to pursue peace in your present now.