Don’t Look Back

This morning I read about those two, cute little cities we all know and love:  Sodom and Gomorrah.  Okay, so they weren’t so cute. More like sinful and totally immoral? Probably the more appropriate adjectives here.

But what stuck out to me the most was Lot’s wife.  In Luke 17:32, Jesus himself said “Remember Lot’s wife.” Why is she so important to remember?  In Genesis 19 I read how God wanted to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their immorality, but he also chose to spare Lot and his family.  Genesis 19:17 says, “And as they brought them (Lot’s family) out, one (angel) said, ‘Escape your life.  Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley.  Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”  

But here’s the real kicker. Dear Mrs. Lot did look back and probably regretted that decision as she was turning into a pillar of salt.  Seems kind of harsh for doing something that I’m guilty of also.  Was she wanting to go back to her sinful past?  Was she missing her immoral friends? Longing for the comfort of home instead of trusting in God’s provision?

Just as Jesus has shown me mercy through salvation, Lot’s wife too was shown mercy and spared that day.  Yet, we both forget to trust and obey the one who has saved us.  How often do I return to my sin, despite the fact that I’ve been completely saved from it?  How often do I forget God’s faithfulness and question my position in Him?  How often do I flat out disobey him and turn away?

Less than a month until I move and have this awesome opportunity to look forward and trust in Jesus.  Far greater things lie ahead, and I want to fully put my trust in obedience in the one who saved me.  So, when Jesus asks that question in Luke:  “Remember Lot’s wife?” (Luke 17:32).  I can honestly say yes! I do! And Lord, please keep from that kind of disbelief.  I want to trust in you.

Luke 17:33 “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

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