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.
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6
Laws are good to point out what is wrong. They will quickly point a person as being in the wrong when he does something not according to the law. Most of the laws are built around a negative concept. They point out what person should not do, rather than point to what a person should do.
People tend to do the very things that they are told not to do. When a sign says not to touch because of wet paint, many people will touch it to test and see if the paint is really wet.
Many people are very quick to test the laws to see if the law is really true. They will question whether what is said will really happen or not.
People react the same way with God’s laws. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, they were testing whether what God said was true or not. They did what they were not supposed to do.
Throughout the history of Israel, the people constantly challenged God’s laws and doing what they were not supposed to do.
Now Paul tells the people that they must die to the sin that once bound them. Sin is breaking the laws of God.
When a person dies to sin, God gives him a new life. This new life follows the way of the Spirit. The Spirit of the law was to live for God and live the best life possible. God made the laws to protect and help people, not bring death, yet, it brought about death.
As a believer today, you must follow the way of the Spirit. Instead of following a bunch of laws, or trying to, you will want to follow God’s ways or laws. The heart is changed. It is no longer about doing right or wrong, it is about serving God in the best way possible.
Do not be bound up in a bunch of laws, but be bound up in loving God and loving others. As you do that, all of the laws will be obeyed. Then the power to break the law will be broken and you will have a new life in Christ.
I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus brings; that you will serve God from the heart; that you will not be bound up in the law; and that you will live to love God and others.