Luke 17:32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.
Ever had a moment when you revisited an old habit? Like attempting to smoke a cigarette years after you quit? Or calling that old knucklehead boyfriend long after you broke up? Maybe you went back to the club when your clubbin’ days were way far in your past.
Not that I would know about any of this first hand, mind you. But, I would imagine the desire for the familiar can seem easier and less complicated than moving on to some unknown destination. Sort of like going back to the devil you know versus the devil you don’t know. It might not be a smart solution, but you know what to expect. At least you think so.
That’s the trouble with looking back to what you left behind. It’s pretty much never as good as we remember it to be. And because we’re not focused on what’s ahead, we could miss all the great things God is doing right in front of us.
There is a reason knucklehead is part of your past. He did not respect the woman you are. All your friends told you that. And don’t even think about going back to the club. I, er, you couldn’t dance back then with your red solo cup! Now is certainly no different.
And it wasn’t that we weren’t warned about the dangers we had left behind. Lot’s wife knew Sodom was not a godly place and that she was not to look back as the Angels were guiding her away. But maybe she was like I am sometimes.
I hear God’s word but don’t meditate on it and take it into my heart. I am a hearer only and not a doer of His word. But some warnings won’t keep coming around. Eventually we have to live with the consequences. It’s been said that one way God’s word gets in our hearts is when they break.
Remember Lot’s wife! Maybe, just maybe, this is the warning we will heed. Perhaps we’ll get this one right the first time and not have to endure heartbreak before we figure it out. The very next time God says go (or do or stay or speak or pray), then we obey and don’t look back. We let go of our lives and give him control. Even though we don’t know exactly how it will be better than what we had, we know He only wants the BEST for us.
I can just picture Jesus singing this Temptations tune…
So if you just put your hand in mine, We’re gonna leave all our troubles behind. Keep on walking and don’t look back. Forget about the past now. There’s nothing behind you. Keep on walking girl, and don’t look back.
Read more on Lot’s wife with us on our Learning from Their Examples series:
- Pillar Of The Community – Cindy
- I Left My Heart In Sodom – Cheryl
- It’s Not Worth It – Heather
- Get Unstuck – Cassandra