The book of Genesis reports that a sin epidemic had infected everyone in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God had every intention of destroying those cities. God’s man, Abraham, knowing that his own nephew Lot lived in Sodom, asked God to spare the city.
Abraham asked God if He would spare it if He found 50 good men. Quickly surmising that God might not find 50 good men in Sodom, he asked for 45. Then he quickly dropped the number to 40, then 30, then 20, then 10.
Without further discussion, God sent two angels to Sodom, in the form of men. When Lot saw the two strangers arrive in town, he knew that, after dark, the park would not be a safe place. So, he convinced them to spend the night at his house.
Later that night, the men of Sodom showed up at Lot’s house to take the men (the angels) out and do bad things to them. But Lot said no.
The angels knew that only Lot and his family were worthy to be saved. As the family fled, the angels said to them, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you …lest you be destroyed….the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens….But his [Lot’s] wife looked back…and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19: 24-26
The angels had told them“Do not look behind you…lest you be destroyed.” But Lot’s wife looked back. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Mrs. Lot, but why do you think she looked back? Was it because she thought those wicked people deserved God’s punishment and wanted to see it happen? Was she sad because she was leaving her friends behind? Was she going to miss her house? Was she just curious?
All these reasons might seem reasonable to us, but God said, “Do not look behind you…”
What happened to Mrs. Lot? She turned into a pillar of salt. So, how was that going to work for her? Would she ever be going forward? No!
She was stuck. She would never go anywhere.
And that’s often how we get stuck. We keep looking back—driving with our eyes on the rear-view mirror. We are mad about what’s happened to us. We’re mad at people who have hurt us. We blame ourselves, our circumstances, or someone else for our present problems. And we’re stuck.
If you’re driving a car, looking only in the rear-view mirror, it’s just a matter of time before you crash. Are you fixing to crash?
Christian, is it time to shake off the past and stop looking back? Sitting where you are, looking at your past, will not get you anywhere. Get up. Dust yourself off. Confess your sins—repent—and ask God’s forgiveness for the things you’ve done.
1 John 1: 9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.(emphasis mine)
Then forgive others. And leave the punishment they deserve to God. God knows what happened, and He will take care of it His way. He wants you to let go.
Romans 12: 19: Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess to _________________, __________________, and __________________ specifically. And I confess to all the other things I’ve done, thought, and said that did not please you. I am sorry, and I want to change. I also confess to looking back at my mistakes, other people’s mistakes, and circumstances that have hurt me. Your word says that, as I confess my sins, You will forgive me and cleanse me from ALL unrighteousness. I trust that (since I believe in Jesus, repented, and received Him), you have done just that. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m leaving the past behind, and I’m stepping forward into a new life. I want to live a life that pleases You because I love You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Truth: Now, look only forward and get going! God has amazing things for you to do!