As we enter into the New Year, there is one scripture that has been constantly on my mind.
The scripture is found in Luke 24:5.
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”
As 2019 came to a close, God is saying to not seek the living among the dead. To not seek for things that we once had that no longer have life in them.
To seek for, in this scripture, is defined as to long for, or to crave. It produces no good fruit for us to long for or crave things God has removed from our lives. It may be a relationship. It may be a job. Whatever it is, let is go. Don’t waste time seeking after things that are no longer producing life for you.
Don’t look back.
I found it interesting that the word bow in this scripture is defined as to fall back, to decline, or to turn to flight. Looking back and longing for what no longer is life to you only does one thing; causes us to fall back, to go backwards.
Philippians 3:14 says; I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. Most of us are very familiar with this scripture…but are we as familiar with the following scripture?
All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. Philippians 3:15
All of us who are mature should press forward…not backward.
Let’s look back at the scripture in Luke again. The word living means to enjoy real life, blessed, fresh, powerful and living. While the word dead means inactive, void of life, inoperative and one that has breathed its last breath.
2019 may not have brought forth everything you thought it would. Perhaps you even lost some relationships, jobs, or other things. Before you seek those things, stop and ask yourself. Is there any life in them? In your own personal life, are they fresh, powerful and blessed? If not, do not crave or long for them.
Recently some things have attempted to resurrect in my life. Things long dead. They have breathed their last, at least in my personal life. To be honest I have found my thoughts drifting there time and again. I must cast down those thoughts. They are not life for me. They are dead. They are void of life and will produce nothing good or blessed for me. Therefore, I choose to press forward to where God is calling me
Luke 24:5 tells us the women were afraid. Fear can cause us to hold on to things that should be let go of. Fear can stop us from moving forward if we let it. The good news is, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and a sound mind.
We are entering into a New Year. The best is yet to come. Do not look for the living among the dead. Let the dead things lie. Search out the living and blessed things…those are the things God has for you.
Be continually blessed as you enter into 2020!
Mediate on this:
Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert. Isaiah 43:19