The Cost of Looking Back

by | Dec 13, 2023

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you” (1 John 2:15).

More than 170 women are written about in Scripture, but Jesus specifically references one: “Remember Lot’s wife.” Genesis 19 chronicles Sodom’s destruction, beginning with the Angel of the Lord mercifully telling Lot and his family to flee Sodom beforehand. The an

gel instructed, “Don’t look back!” That’s it. Yet, Lot’s wife disobeyed, looked back despite the warning, and was instantly turned into a pillar of salt. She took her eyes off freedom ahead, concerned for her old life and the place she was being delivered from. She got stuck—forever memorialized in a place she only intended to pass through.

When our attachment to the past becomes greater than our commitment to our future, we miss God’s blessing. God is saying, “Don’t look back. Don’t long for that chapter I am closing. There is a reason I burned your past to the ground. Don’t look back!” We must trust God, look to the future, and commit to moving forward in Christ. It’s necessary for our spiritual growth and freedom! “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). When God prompts us to leave behind certain possessions, relationships, jobs, and things mistakenly inflated as key to our lives, trust Him! We will be better for it.

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: Trust God, even on difficult days. Read these scriptures and pray with us.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Prayer: Father God, we praise Your holy name today! We know You’re with us through good and bad times. Help us never to lose faith, always follow You, and look ahead toward the blessings You have for us. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen!

Final Thought: God’s will is perfect, and He will lead us through every step!

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