With three simple words Jesus preached a whole sermon.
Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife.”
In Genesis 19 we find the story of Lot and his family. They lived along side Abraham and Sarah for sometime. But once they went their separate ways Lot led his family to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It turned out to be a salty situation. The city was destined for destruction and Lot and his family would be destroyed along with everyone else inside the city unless they fled. Verses 15 – 17 and 26 give great insight to the story.
26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
There you have it. Lot’s wife looked back. She was given one instruction. Don’t look back. She couldn’t follow through with it.
Maybe she was just curious.
Maybe she had gotten so used to her S&G home that she hated the thought of losing it.
Whatever the reason, Lot’s wife looked back. As a result she was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.
This story makes me think of how looking to my past can hinder me from reaching better things in my future.
I understand that it’s important to know where we come from to know where we are going. I also think that it’s important to have a good grasp of our past in order to not repeat the same mistakes in our future.
But let’s face it. How common is it to get so stuck in the past that you can’t enjoy your present? Or to be so paralyzed by the past that the future seems unattainable?
Lot’s wife teaches us a grave lesson.
#1 Be obedient.
#2 Let go of the past and move into your future.
Clinging to the straws of long ago will only stop you from moving forward. I know it’s prevented me from seeing life with clear eyes. I know it’s kept me attached to people who were harmful for me for longer than necessary.
Looking back to the familiar may be the easy way out, the comfortable way. But who ever said you can achieve great things by being comfortable?
Salt may help preserve our food and season things up but in Lot’s wife’s case salt proved to be her doom. I want her saltiness to be a lesson learned. This lesson was obviously important enough for Jesus to bring it up himself.
Read the whole passage here.
My Prayer for You:
Lord God, I pray for the people who keep looking back. I pray for those who are unable to see what is right before them because they refuse to let go of their past. I ask you to take the scales off their eyes. I pray that you may give them the strength to let go. That they may see a better future before them. I ask you Jesus to please protect us from our own sinful natures. Help us fix our eyes on you that we may not fall into destruction because of wandering eyes. Thank you for hearing and acting upon our prayers. Thank you for covering us, leading us and guiding us even when we feel alone. I pray that your will may be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 4:25-27
Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.