This morning the Holy Spirit asked me, “Vic, have you ever looked back on your life?” To which I answered, “Yes, Lord, you know I’ve looked back!” He then asked me, “WHY? If our lives are to be pressing on toward the goal to win the prize, why look back?” Great question Lord! Please show me.
The key, He said, is found in why are you LOOKING BACK at the events that happened in your past. Immediately, I thought of Lot’s wife looking back and turning into a pillar of salt. Gen. 19 describes the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot’s story. Notice it starts with Lot’s choice (Gen. 13:1-8). Abraham gives Lot his choice (Gen. 13:10-13) of any of the lands that lay before them, after dealing with their herdsman fighting over the livestock each owned. Lot chose the valley of the Jordan because it looked like the Garden of Eden with all its lushness and opportunities. Little did he know, that which looks too good might not be good at all. Look at vs. 13, “Now the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked men and sinners against the Lord.”
Thus sets the stage for two angels who walk into Sodom, meet Lot, and tell him what’s about to happen as they deal with the locals. When the next morning dawns, the angels ask Lot and his family to leave the city because destruction was about to happen. In vs. 16, we see the reason many look back, they LINGER. Lot was a leader and sat in the city gates of Sodom where all the business deals took place. He was well known and was reluctant to leave and wanted to stay longer than what was necessary. How many times have we lingered in places we shouldn’t have been?
Lingering is what we do when we love what’s going on around us and regret what we’ll lose. A lingering person often has to be forced out of places. As the two angels grasped their hands and led them through the gates into the plain with a warning, “Don’t LOOK BACK or stop in the plain, escape to the mountain, lest you die.”
I believe the Holy Spirit is telling us today, “Don’t look back or stop in the plain of pain but escape to My mountain and experience Me.” I realize it’s hard to leave things and give up what you think you need to have. But always remember, the consequences of LOOKING BACK can be devastating. Lot’s wife in vs. 26, walking behind him looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Her outward form was visible but she was lifeless.
Why is it when given the opportunity to walk in freedom we choose to walk back into bondage?
Question: Have you been given the choice to walk in freedom but instead LOOKED BACK and walk back into bondage?
Key Thought: Paul, in Phil. 3:13-14, gives us clear instructions on how to view our lives. He says, it’s a process that hasn’t been taken hold of yet but we need to forget by letting go of the past and press on toward a future that holds answers to what we’re looking for.