When was the last time you had a big life change?
They can be tough. Especially when they are unexpected. When the solid ground beneath you suddenly opens up and swallows your security.
And you have to decide.
Trust God or freak out.
Settle into peace or pass out in fear.
Believe in something better or try to hang on to something not good for you.
And I believe God hopes we will settle into His grace and trust the unknown plans He is orchestrating.
Just like He hoped with Lot and his family. When the city of Sodom and Gomorrah became too far gone with no remorse, God decided to destroy the city. Except for one righteous man, Lot. God asks that in exchange for their lives that they “… Don’t look back …” (Genesis 19:17).
While I am drawing you away from danger and destruction, don’t wish to be back in your home or talking to your friends. Don’t long to be part of that world anymore. It has nothing of value, of substance, or of faith. I am saving you from its destruction, so look ahead to the possibilities of the future.
But Lot’s wife could not let go. That life had become more important to her than God. So she “… looked back …” (Genesis 19:26), unable to believe the desert in front of her held any possibility.
And God saw where her heart was set. So “… she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26).
It seems harsh and somewhat cruel. I cannot begin to understand God’s purpose.
But I can see a valuable lesson – by grace she was saved, but she refused it. She rejected all God offered her in the moment, believing He was stealing her from something better.
Even Jesus used her as an example – “32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it” (Luke 17:32-33).
Remember that wanting something outside of God’s best will eventually destroy you.
It will never bring lasting goodness or sustaining grace.
Don’t look back and long to be where you were scared, proud, insecure, or overly secure.
Don’t look back and want to stay in a rut that was keeping you from growing and changing.
Don’t look back and wish that you had the stress and joylessness that were destroying you piece by piece.
Trust God when He pulls you out of a job a relationship, a church, a house, or a city. Believe with absolute confidence that He is going to take care of you as He brings you to something better. Let your faith be grounded in His continuing goodness.
So consider where you are today.
Then consider where you were.
Now choose to believe God is at work for your good.
And you won’t want to look (go) back – except to thank Him for how far He’s brought you.
Marie Fremin. 4/29/18