Genesis 19:15-26 tells the story of Lot and his family. Read this entire passage to get the complete picture. In the story, two angels had been sent by God to retrieve Lot and his entire family out of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for God was about to bring judgment on these places. Lot was a man of great wealth and had many comforts even though the city was a depraved place to live.
Lot did not want to depart so he lingered for a moment looking over the city he was leaving. However, the angels took his hand, and pulled all the family members out of the doomed city telling them not to look back. In spite of this warning, we know what happened. Verse 26 tells us that Lot's wife looked back and was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.
Certainly, it was not easy for Lot and his family to leave wealth, comfort and a familiar way of life behind them. Yet God was sparing their lives and this certainly was far more important. Sadly, Lot's wife could not let go of the past even though the cities were wicked. As a result, she paid with her life.
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When we dwell on past hurts, defeats, failed businesses, unsuccessful plans or other broken dreams, we are a good deal like Lot's wife. We are immobilized and kept from being what God wants us to be. We cannot change the past. We can only move ahead in the future with the Hand of God upon us and His presence going with us. Like Paul, we need to press ahead.
Is there anything holding you back today? Then, take a moment in prayer and release the past casting your burdens upon Him who holds our times in His hands. Freeing ourselves from the past will allow us to run the race with our eyes properly focused on the goal ahead. We will run better and faster by looking to Christ than by looking back to see what was behind. Selah!
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