Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Don't Look Back
Genesis 19:23-26 KJV
"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."
Recently I was thinking about this story in the Bible and of the end result of what happened to Lot's wife. This story for us is one to think on and search ourselves for how many of us are tied to worldly possessions, careers, circumstances, etc? If this were to happen tomorrow would we obey God and flee a devastated world or would we also look back?
An excerpt from Henry Morris taken from: "The Defenders Study Bible": "This remarkable happening is stated matter-of-factly, with no suggestion that it was a special miracle or divine judgment. Lot’s wife "looked back" (the phrase might even be rendered "returned back" or "lagged back") seeking to cling to her luxurious life in Sodom (note Christ’s reference to this in Luke 17 : 32, 33) and was destroyed in the "overthrow" (Genesis 19 : 25,29) of the city."
In this day and age it is so easy to have our minds tied upon material stuff maybe promotions, careers, lifestyles, possessions etc. It can be so easy to even have our own lives attached to these. Lot's wife serves as an example that all of it can be stripped so easily away from us. Especially if God has something better in mind for us. That we in looking forward should also in essence not look back either as what spiritual significance do these things hold in regards to what God holds for us now and in the future?
Maybe for us it will not be as extreme as physical destruction but the effects that can come from holding onto something when God is directing you out can manifest in different ways.
Spiritually, Christ, in making His sacrifice for us has already covered the human frailties we all have in the flesh. It's only a matter of in the end, do we want to do things His way or our way? Or do we want to hang onto the things that we think are comfort zones and pay no heed to what God has in store?
This can also be tied into unforgiving terms and non-resolved things as well which too can be equally as destructive in the long run.
Lot's wife is an example to always move forward and not look back because nothing good comes from it. Instead seek to continually move forward relying on God to lead the way.
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