Now there is a paradox for you.
Microsoft recently updated my computer, again. And, again, I lost my sermon distribution lists. But this time I lost even more. My entire contacts list and complete calendar went away.
After making several attempts to restore them, I finally called Microsoft help line. I talked to a lady for whom it seemed English was a second language. But a very good second language. She proved to be very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and very patient.
She walked me through the steps of telling my computer to use the older version of outlook when dealing with my contacts and calendar until the cloud is updated.
How about that, going forward by going backwards.
The process reminded me of an old sermon topic, “Forward, back to Jerusalem.”
This is the theme of a constant warning God gives us. One specific location for the warning is Hebrews 2:1-4. We must keep a constant watch on ourselves to make sure we are not drifting away from the message that was delivered to us. If we find ourselves drifting, we must quickly go back to that message. Going backward to what God has spoken is the only way to move forward in our relationship with Him.
“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” (Jn. 12:48 ) Going back to Jesus is the only way to proceed through the judgment.