“And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” (Genesis 19:17 KVJ)
“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26 KJV)
The story of Lot’s wife is very popular in some areas of the world. It is a story of how God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorah due to sexual immorality, disobedience, and others acts of abominations unto Him. When God told Lot that He was going to destroy the cities, His angels told Lot to escape, to flee, and to never look back. The angels warned them, if they looked back, they would surely be destroyed. Upon their escape, Lot’s wife looked behind him to the remains of the city and immediately turned into a pillar of salt. Usually I find that the story ends here until God shared with me one day the significance of her turning into a pillar of salt.
Throughout the bible salt is used in various ways. It is used in the sense of flavor (Job 6:6), standing out (Mark 9:50), and in the world, as a preservative. In this case, God enlightened me that salt was being used figuratively as a preservative. When Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt because she was trying to preserve what “once” existed. She was reacting out of disobedience. God told her to escape, move forward, and NOT to look back!
How many times have we gone back to a distraught past that God warned us not to return to: that old charming boyfriend, your hometown that bears no pleasant memories of your past life, your former group of gossiping girl friends, or an old job because you know the boss? What makes us do that when God clearly says, ESCAPE FOR YOUR LIFE!
God tells us in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV) God says, forget the past, stop dwelling in it. He is birthing a NEW THING in you!!
Being and living in your present and striving toward your future can be scary. But God reminds us, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (KJV) When you have taken off your old self and start to live a life for Christ, you are a new creature all things become new. Don’t taint it with the old corrupted stuff.
Finally, Job 17:9 says “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” (NLT) Because of Jesus’ blood and your committed faith to Him as your Saviour, you have been made righteous! Therefore, keep moving forward, keep pressing!
Thank You for being a God of second chances. So many times I have looked behind me when You told me to keep going. Although my past may be comfortable, or bad enough that I feel that I can’t grow out of it, Your word reminds me that through Your love and forgiveness I can move forward and not have to look back. I thank You for that. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you today to leave the things of the past in the past: the ex-boyfriend, the old life style, the negative group of friends, and your old self. ESCAPE for YOUR LIFE! God loves you and wants you to keep moving forward!
Read the entire story of Sodom and Gomorrah here.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.