Lot’s Wife: One Last Look Back
I sometimes wonder if there is ever a day when living the “good, Christian girl” life gets easy. When living for Christ is the norm not the exception and temptations stop being so tempting. But the truth of the matter is that we live in a time when everything EXCEPT following God is easy. In fact, it is somewhat similar to a time in the past. The cities Sodom and Gomorrah were overflowing with so much sin, lust, and immorality that God planned to destroy both cities. There was one family in the city that found favor with God, Abraham’s nephew Lot. When it was time to abolish the cities, two angels came to rescue Lot, his wife, and his two daughters giving them very clear instructions, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere…” As the family ran for the lives under God’s hedge of protection, Lot’s wife did exactly what she had been told not to do…she looked back and instantly became a pillar of salt!
If you’re like me, you’re thinking “All you had to do was run and not look back! How hard was that???” But don’t judge so fast my sister! God quickly got me in check on how my life is not always so different from Lot’s wife. You see, God had just saved her from destruction and was attempting to close that door to her tainted past, but she couldn’t resist opening it back up for one last look. Why do we do it? We ask God to save us, He does, but somewhere in the day-to-day, we lose sight of the perfectness of God’s Plan and begin wishing for something different. We begin reminiscing over old songs, pictures, and memories of the “good, old days,” and like Lot’s wife, we take a peek.
That one last look back is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. Satan likes to make us believe that we’re missing out on something by living a life that glorifies God. He wants us to think that the grass is greener on the other side. Once he takes our focus off God, all he needs is for us to reopen the door we prayed so fervently for God to close. But on the other side of any door that God has closed is death. Death of relationship with Him, death of dreams, death of hope, death of passion, death of obedience, and in the most serious of cases, physical death. This is REAL!
Maybe you’re thinking you’re OK, because the things you’re looking back to are good things…things that help, build up, or even glorify Him. Hear me out! Anything that God has not called you to do is a bad thing for you. It is keeping you from fulfilling His specific purpose for YOU. He has called someone else to do that good thing that you want to do, but is not yours. Don’t deprive them from His plan for them nor deprive yourself from His plan for you! Let’s just look at the life of Jesus. In His 3 year ministry, there were millions of other good things that Jesus could have done. After all, He was JESUS! But, Jesus only did what God called Him to do, and nothing else!
In Luke 17:32-33, Jesus warns once again of holding on to the past.
“Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
Don’t hold on to your past if God is trying to move you forward in life. The fact that He saved you from it means that He has something better for you, and it is only good for remembering where not to go! Give your life and yourself wholly to Him! In losing yourself to Him, you will find significance, you will find peace, and you will find yourself.
Challenge: Reflect on what God has saved you from and the doors He has closed. Seek Him about His plan for your life. Ask Him to reveal all distractions in your life that are not of Him, even if they seem to be good things or God things. Pray that He will help you eliminate those things to focus solely on His Plan for your life. Pursue contentment. Share your thoughts with #WomenOfTheBibleChallenge.
Don’t know where to start?
Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) ~ No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus
Isaiah 43:18-19 ~ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Hebrews 12:1-3 ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.