Genesis 19:26 Desiring The Past

Man looking back

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

The sin in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were so great that God had chosen to destroy both of them. In His great mercy, God warned Lot and his family to flee from the destruction. As Lot, his wife and daughters were leaving, his wife chose to look back at the city. When she looked back, God turned her into a pillar of salt.

Files on computers or online are filled with thousands of pictures of things that happened in the past. The pictures are kept to remember people and events that occurred in the past. People will look back at those photos remembering good and bad times. 

It is very common for some people to look back at things in the past and want to go back to that time. They want to go back when things were ‘better’. Often they want to escape the cares, fears, and trials of the present and go back to the ‘better’ days.

While there is nothing wrong with looking back at good times in one’s life, there are things that are often looked back upon and desired that are not good. Believers are to be a changed person. They have turned away from the past ways of living and become a new person in Jesus.

When a believer looks back on his old life and desires it, he is desiring the old and sinful ways of life. As he looks back, he is turning his back on Jesus and turning to sin and the world.

God is always moving forward. He is changing the believer to be more like Jesus every day. Going back to the old way of living, is to deny what Jesus has done. It is to deny what God wants the believer to be.

As a believer, keep your eyes focused ahead upon Jesus. You may look back to see how far you have come, but do not look back to desire it. God is always doing a new thing in your life. Do not allow the old ways to entice you to give up what God has done in your life.

Although the things in your past may have looked good, they only led to death. God wants to lead you forward into eternal life.

What are you desiring–the sinful past of death, or the future of life?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will know what God has in store for you; and that your eyes will always be on God. 

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Job 29:2-3 Only Looking Back

How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Job 29:2-3

Job starts to complain as he is looking back on his life. He is remembering the good times in life, when everything was going exactly as he thought it should be going. Looking back at the times of blessings when he felt God was on his side and pouring out blessings and there were no troubles in his life. He wants to go back to those days.

It is very common for people to look back on the “good old days” when things seemed to be much better. Every generation has a period in their lives when years ago life was easier and not as many problems.

Young adults look back at their high school years, when they did not have so many responsibilities or bills to pay. Middle aged people look back to when they were younger and had more time and dreams still seemed possible. Seniors look back to when their family was closer and they had more energy and less body aches.

Believers in the church are always talking about how God moved in their lives or church twenty years ago.

Looking back is good to remember, but not to want to go back to. Job was desiring to go back to those days, while missing what God was doing in the present time. God had never left his side. God was still pouring out blessings, in spite of all the trouble.

Jesus had said that He would be with you always. All throughout the Bible God told His people that He would never leave them, nor forsake them.

Keep this in the front of your mind when you are going through some of the many challenges of life. God has great things in store for you. Part of those things may include some suffering or challenges.

During those tough times, God is right there with you building you up to be more like Jesus. He is using you to be His witness to this lost world.

Do not fear the present and only long for the past. Look to the God of the present and future. Embrace what He has for you today.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will know the joy of the salvation Jesus has given you while in the trials of this life.

Numbers 11:4-5 Not Seeing What You Have

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.” Numbers 11:4-5

God had been providing manna miraculously from heaven for the Israelites to eat. After eating this for some time, a group of people started complaining about eating the same thing every day. They wanted the food they had in Egypt. This got the all of the people to started wailing about the lack of food.

When God had finally removed the Israelites from Egypt the people were extremely glad. They were glad to be out from under the heavy hand of slavery, they now had their own freedom. As time went along, they forgot about the hardships of slavery and only remembered the food they had there.

People today do the same thing. God has pulled many people out of a very troubling situation. Then people start to complain about where they are at and want to look back at what they once had.

The challenge is in how you look at what you have. If you look at it as the Israelites did, it will be just the same old stuff over and over, again and again. You will quickly become discontent. You will no longer see God’s miraculous hand of provision in your life.

No matter what you have in your life, there is always something better that you had in your past, and something more that you would like, if you are not content in Jesus alone.

Where do you find your joy and satisfaction? Is it in the Lord Jesus? Or is it in things of this world?

Keep your eyes and life focused on Jesus and His desire for your life. Allow yourself to be content with what He has for you today.

Do not look back at what was yesterday…God is bringing you on to bigger and better things, but there is a process, a journey to get there. God is providing for you today. Do you see His hand of provision? Or do you see it as He is denying you something?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He has for you; that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will be content in following God and what He has for you; and that you will not look back or to other things/people for your contentment and provision.