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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Genesis 19:17 Flee For Your Life

“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!” Genesis 19:17

God had sent two angels into Sodom and Gomorrah to get the only people who followed Him out of there before He destroyed the cities. The only people that could be found were Lot, his wife and daughters. The angels grabbed them to drag them from the city. As they were being sent away, the angels told them to flee for their lives and never look back. As they were fleeing God destroyed the cities. Lot’s wife did look back and God destroyed her.

This story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the only one recorded in the Bible where God sent an angel to get people out of a city before destroying it. One of the things this shows is God’s mercy on those who are attempting to follow Him. God does care for those who believe in Him.

The message of the angels is still good for today. When Jesus returns someday, God will destroy this world and all sin with it. The message of Jesus is to flee from all sin and get out of this world.

You cannot physically leave this world right now, but you can flee the ways and sin of this world. In the New Testament you are told to flee all temptation and to resist the devil.

This fleeing is the fleeing for your life. All sin does is bring about death. That death may not be physically today, but it will come if it is not removed by the blood of Jesus.

All too often people want to stay in the ways of this world. They enjoy their sin and do not want to run. As with Lot’s wife, they keep looking back to sinful ways.

Are you looking back?

Or are you fleeing all sin?

Run to Jesus and be saved. Don’t live in the temporary pleasures of sin and end up dying for eternity. Flee all sin for your life!

I pray today that God will strengthen you in turning away from all sin; that you will run to Jesus for your life; that God will reveal to you what you need to run from; and that God will create in you a new life that is full and abundant.