23. Do not look back (1)

Sodom and Gomorrah is about to be destroyed. The two angels forced Lot, his wife and his two daughters out of the city. They were hesitant to leave, but the angels didn't take no for an answer. They literally took them by the hands and forced them out. He told them to leave for the mountains. But Lot didn't want to.

"Oh no, my lords please," Lot begged. "You have been so kind to me and saved my life, and you granted me such mercy. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don't you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved." Genesis 19:18-20

The angel granted his request. And not only did he grant his request, he also told him that he wouldn't destroy that village either. The angel waited until Lot reached the village, before judgment rained down on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

"Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulphur from the heavens on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life - people, plants and animals alike." Genesis 19:24, 25

And then unfortunately Lot's wife looked back. She longed for her home and all her possessions. And because she didn't listen to the angel's instructions of not looking back, she turned into a pillar of salt. She was judged alongside the people she lived with for years.

Now it is easy to judge her. It is easy to look from a distance and say that she should have listened. But a lot of times we are the same. Sometimes we also look back and long for the 'good old days' and murmur about the terrible situation we find ourselves in now. Instead of looking up to God and being the difference for His kingdom, right here and right now. When we look back the whole time, we miss all the things that God wants to bless us with right now.

Other times we look back longingly at sin that we just don't want to let go of. We want to move forward with God, but we don't want to let this sin go. We enjoy it so much and justify our actions whenever we are confronted. Jesus told us that we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). You either serve sin or you serve God. Maybe the time has come to let go. God wants you to follow Him wholeheartedly and not with sin still tagging along like a best friend on holiday.

Also do not put your love for your possessions above your love for God. Do not desire things, like a house, cars, rings, clothing etc more than God. Always place God first. He deserves first place in your heart. Look up to Him.

Do not be like Lot's wife. All that people remembers of her, millennia after she lived, is that she was the one that looked back and disobeyed God. That is all people know of her. She might have done good things in her life, we don't know, but she will be remembered for this one act. Do not be like her. Do not be remembered as the one who couldn't trust God and kept on looking back. Rather be remembered as a man/woman of faith, standing up for what is right and following God's light no matter what, looking forward to all He is planning for you. Then one day in heaven God will be pleased and say, "Well done, My faithful child, I am proud of you." Can there ever be a greater moment than that?

Father please help our unbelieving hearts. Help us to look forward to where You are leading us. Please help us, as we are afraid and uncertain of what the future holds. But thank you Father that we can be safe with You. We want to make You proud. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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