Don’t Look Back

Genesis 19: 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

The instruction for Lot’s wife (and family) was to not look back at sinful Sodom as they went on their way out to be delivered from its destruction. Lot’s wife was given the golden opportunity to be saved but she failed to obey. Luke 17:32-32 says Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

The one who tries to keep the fleshly life will lose the real life in God. The one who loses his fleshly life and is crucified in Christ will preserve the real life in God. Easy to say that Lot’s wife failed and did the wrong thing. But apart from the Holy Spirit’s filling and my obeying to His leading, I am just as prone to looking back. Paul has this reminder:

In Philippians 3:12-14 The Message Version says: 12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

Lord thank You for this sobering reminder on the importance of obedience, on choosing to look forward to You, to choose life, not to look back or be caught up in emotional attachments to the world and sin. Help me Lord to fix my eyes on you. Help me to press on towards you heavenward. Help me Lord, not to turn back (to sin). Help me to reach the point of no return to work my way only towards You in Jesus’s name Amen.

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