The lesson of Lot’s wife is clear: don’t look back. You can be crippled by past failures and past sins. Or you can put them behind you as you start over again and follow Jesus Christ.

Today’s Reading: Genesis 18:16-19:38 (additional reading Psalm 8:1-9 and Proverbs 2:6-15)

Key Verse: “But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26

We don’t know a lot about Lot’s wife nevertheless in Luke 17:32 Jesus says “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!” It interesting why Jesus commanded His disciples (and us today) to remember her? After all, we don’t even know her name.

We read today that Lot wife not only had to be pulled out of the city, but she also lingered behind the fleeing party. Why? Perhaps she was concerned about her friends, perhaps she hated to leave her home or perhaps her heart was in Sodom.

The lesson of Lot’s wife is clear: don’t look back. You can be crippled by past failures and past sins. Or you can put them behind you as you start over again and follow Jesus Christ.

Lot’s wife looked back. She was led by the angels and actually left Sodom and Gomorrah with her family. She was almost out of that place, but she didn’t get far enough. She just had to steal that one last backward glance. Many of you are still living for that ‘last one’, one last lie, one last beer, and one last fling with sin. For Lot’s wife, it was really her last glance of anything! Don’t let that happen to you.

If you want to run the race of life successfully, then don’t look back. If you ever have run a race and looked over your shoulder to see what your competitor was doing, then you know that looking back can break your stride and could cause you to lose the race.

The apostle Paul said, “one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead . . .” (Philippians 3:13). Paul had committed horrible things, hunting down Christians, throwing them in prison and putting them to death. Yet he said, “I am forgetting it. I am not going to be crippled by my past.” The devil desires nothing more than to cripple you with your past.

Paul put his past behind him and moved forward as a new person in Christ. You can do that, too. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Here is what you need to do as you enter into this new year: Forget the things that are behind. Leave your life of sin behind with all your past failures and sinful desires and walk into the life which God has prepared for you.

Reflection

  • Are you looking back at anything that you need to leave behind?
  • What steps do you need to take to live the new life God has created for you?

Prayer

Father, Thank You for making me new in Christ Thank You for giving me a new start where I can leave the old life behind. Help me not to look back but to keep my eyes fixed on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!

Malcare WordPress Security