Scripture Reading: Genesis 19:15-16, Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
Genesis 19:15-17 (NIV)
15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” 16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 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!”
Key Verse: Genesis 19:26 (NIV)
26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
God loved Lot and his family so much that he went the extra mile in order to protect him and his family from destruction, by allowing Lot to go into the town of Zoar instead of fleeing to the mountain like he instructed. God only had one instruction for him and his family and that was not to look back. He didn’t want them to look back instead he wanted them to focus on what was ahead of them. He wanted them to trust that he was leading them in the right direction. Sadly enough Mrs. Lot didn’t trust him enough and she looked back. Her decision to look back ended up costing her way more than what she was leaving behind. Even today we have people looking back instead of looking forward like God instructed them too. Their so close from the addictions, abusive relationships, dishonest career’s but they rationalize in their minds just one last time. That one last time sometimes end up costing them more than they could have ever imagined sometimes even their life. So what does God want us to do with that deadly toxic stuff in our past that doesn’t help us but only destroys us?
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Sadly enough Mrs. Lot was so close to security, safety and a new future but she couldn’t let go of what she desperately needed to leave behind.
Is there something in your life that you know God has told you not to look back at? Is there something you know you should walk away from now that if you don’t could cause your destruction? Are you willing to let it go never to look back? If not, you could end up being the next Mrs. Lot, so close to security, safety and a new future only to never experience it because you had to look back one last time.
Lord, help me to never look back at the toxic things from my past that you ask me to get rid of from my life.