“Don’t Look Back.” (Romans 8:1-2)

The blazing headlights flashed in my rearview mirror alerting me that the driver behind me had their high beam on. I sped up, attempting to put space between the two of us, but it only served to motivate this driver to also speed up, keeping pace with me. I turned the corner at the next intersection but the driver kept following. Who is this? After a few more minutes, I noted the headlights were no longer flashing. Where did it go? At that moment, I realized the driver was alongside me. He glared at me then passed me by. 

The experience reminded me of a quotation I read when I was a child. In a bygone generation, Satchel Paige was one of the most feared pitchers in major league baseball. His witticisms were also well-known. When asked what was the secret of living a long life, he quipped, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

Many of us have a fear that the consequences of our prior sins will catch up with us. Broken relationships. Dubious investments. Sarcastic comments. Our lives are filled with reminders of our previous failures. For many years, I was wracked with guilt, fearing some karmic retribution that was being stored up for me because of previous transgressions. Only when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior did I find peace. 

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 

Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)

Don’t look back. 

Look forward and upward to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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