Devotional #325, March 1, 2020

Devotional 325

March 1, 2020

“Burn the Ships”


When I traveled to Norway, I was very interested in learning more about the Vikings.  I had seen some of the movies, and had studied about them in History class, but my overall knowledge was fairly slim.  We got to visit the Viking Ship museum, and actually see some of the ships that had been preserved.  They were elegant examples of design and function. And I was also fascinated to learn that these ships were extremely rare, because of one of the tactics used by these people, especially in the event of war, or even in exploration.  They burned their ships.  


When they invaded a country and were prepared to fight, they would set fire to the ships, so that there was no chance of retreat or escape.  During exploration, this same practice was used to encourage the crew to plan and look ahead, knowing that returning to their homeland was out of the question…not an option.  Wow…really harsh.  If you were a Viking, I guess you were expected to be “all in”.  


As a Christian, am I “all in?”  Do I look back?  Do I let the past control me, and do I want to return to my old life? The Christian group, For King and Country, has written a song called “Burn the Ships.”  The lyrics are quite thought provoking.


“How did we get here?  Castaway on a lonely shore;

I can see in your eyes, dear, it’s hard to take for a moment more. 

We’ve got to…


Burn the ships, cut the ties, send a flare into the night.

Say a prayer, turn the tide, dry your eyes and wave goodbye. 

Step into a new day.  We can rise up from the dust and walk away. 

We can dance upon our heartache, yeah.

So, light a match, leave the past, burn the ships, 

and don’t you look back.”  Joel D. Smallbone  Luke Smallbone   Matt Hales  Seth Mosley


 The Bible reminds us often to forget the past, and move forward.  Paul says in Corinthians: “…I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past, and looking forward to what lies ahead…”  In the book of Isaiah, chapter 43:18 says, ” Do not remember the former things, nor ponder the things of the past.”  God wants us to keep our focus on the present and the future.  The past is in the past, and we cannot change any of it.  This simple lesson is a profound one, and so many of us could benefit from it.  


Are we “all in” for Christ?  Do we let the past weigh us down? My prayer is for all of us to learn to leave the past behind, and strive forward for the cause of Christ.  


Luke 9:62  “Jesus said to him, ” No one who puts his hand to the plow, and looks back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”