Devotionals by Dr. Ed Young

HINDSIGHT

Sometimes we just don't see God coming. We don't realize that He desires to meet with us, that He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. We've put Him in a box instead, and imagined Him to be much smaller than He is. And when He comes close, we're largely unaware.

Moses experienced the presence of God in some pretty spectacular ways. Once he asked God to show him His glory, but God warned Moses that what he asked was dangerous: "No one can see my face and live," He said. Instead, He offered an indirect alternative. He would hide Moses in the cleft of a rock, and shield him with His hand. Then, when God had passed by, He would allow Moses to see His back. Moses saw God, but only in hindsight.

Aren't we like that? We may say we want to see God, but we couldn't survive His direct approach. But when He has passed by, when we've had a brush with glory, we see Him in hindsight. We say, "Oh yes, that was the hand of God. He was with me there. He touched my life, and I didn't even realize it at the time." The apostle Paul said "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I have also been fully known." One day, our sight will improve…but until then, our view is constrained. Seek to daily stretch your awareness of God's glorious presence.

MEMORY VERSE  

EXODUS 33:23
Then I will take my hand away and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.

READ THROUGH THE BIBLE  

Leviticus 21;  Hebrews 9

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The Winning Walk with Dr. Ed Young is the international on-air and online teaching ministry of Dr. Ed Young, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The Winning Walk proclaims the proven truth of God’s Word to give men and women the world over a winning way to live life.

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Dr. H. Edwin Young was born in Laurel, Mississippi. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12 through the leading of his pastor's wife, Mrs. Gates.

Following graduation from high school in Laurel, Dr. Ed Young entered the University of Alabama as an engineering major. Mid-way through his freshman year, challenged by an atheist in his dorm who questioned his belief in God, he began to seek God's purpose for his life. Six months later, he surrendered to the call to preach the Gospel, and enrolled at Mississippi College to continue his education.

On June 28, 1959, he married Jo Beth Landrum. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Carolina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas. He became the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues to pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to 6 campuses and we have reached over 70 thousand members.

Dr. Young was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 1992 and again in June, 1993. He is the author of many books including, Total Heart Health, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and The 10 Commandments of Marriage. Dr. Young's broadcast ministry, The Winning Walk, can be seen and heard across North America and throughout the world.

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