With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.
As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Genesis 19:15-17, 24-26
When given an order, a command, a charge, to do something why do we find ourselves looking back, questioning if we should comply, or trying to figure out our own way? We ignore the blessings that we have received and those that have been promised once we reach our next destination, yet we are overly concerned with what once was, what’s going on next to us, and what someone else is doing…then we wonder and cry about our missed or reallocated blessings.
We have spiritual attention deficit disorder.
God speaks directly to us or sends His angels to relay messages that are specifically for us, telling us what to do and where to go, and for some strange reason we can’t just take these directives and follow through. He will do all that needs to be done as long as we do our small part, and yet we still drop the ball.
We complain of being overwhelmed. Have we not considered it’s because we are too busy trying to do both our part and God’s? God has Jesus to show us the way, yet we keep trying to use our own map—and we wonder why we’re lost and confused. When will we stop, let go, and walk forward, not looking back?
It doesn’t matter if Lot’s wife was looking back because she yearned for what she was leaving behind, or because she was horrified by the screams of the dying people, or because she was in shock, or just out of curiosity. The angels said to not look back. There’s a saying that “curiosity killed the cat” well it definitely killed Lot’s wife. Let’s not follow her lead. Let’s instead follow Jesus and walk in obedience. Ask questions of the angels or God of whomever He sends, after we make it to our appointed place. Keep your eyes forward so you can see clearly where you’re walking, if not you’re bound to stumble, fall, or worse.
Father, I thank You for yet another day. I thank You for the blessings You have bestowed upon me. I thank You for Your loving kindness and patience that cannot be measured. I thank You for forgiving me even at times when I could not forgive myself. I thank You for granting me the right to live, breathe, and survive through the best and worst of times. Thank You Father.
Father, I never want to look back as Lot’s wife did. I don’t want to be disobedient. I don’t want to agree to do something and then change my mind even for a moment. I want to learn to commit fully. I want to keep my eyes forward and my mind focused on the game plan. There is no need for me to see the changes taking place behind me, because I need to be more concerned with what is going on ahead of me.
Let my feet, even in my fear, keep running. Keep my head forward so that I never get blindsided looking back. I never want my fear, ignorance, disobedience, or curiosity to be the reason for my demise. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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