Archive for October, 2015

12
Oct
15

LOOKING BACK CAN BE A KILLER

But his wife, from behind him, looked back; and she became a pillar of salt.Genesis 19:26
 In the account that is given from Genesis 19, Lot and his family are evacuated from Sodom, where he lived, to escape the impending judgment of unfettered wrath that God would unleash on that wicked city. The instructions that they were given were simple: run for the mountains and don’t look back (Genesis 19:17)! But this was not the first time that people had been given a simple instruction that they did not follow, as in the case of Adam and Eve.
 As everyone knows so well, Lot’s wife looked back as they were fleeing and became a pillar of salt. It is not just the rebellious sin that is the focus here, but the motive behind it. Why did she look back? Did she want to go back for something? Was she sad at losing her old life? We can never be certain.
 In the latter part of Luke 9, Jesus is addressing people who carry a fondness for their old way of life, and He is instructing some people about the cost of being a true follower of Him. In verse 62, Christ says to them, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
 It is not particularly wrong to look back and reminisce about fun times in our past. What is wrong is when we start to pine for the past pleasures in which we once indulged. If that becomes our focus, then perhaps we need to examine ourselves.
 May God help us to be servants who long for Him, and not the passing pleasures that would just drag us down.

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