In honor of Women’s History Month, ladies enjoy this ”bad girl” series as we share our personal connections with women in the Bible who are notorious for being bad.
Don’t Look Back!
When the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot saying, “Hurry take your wife and two daughters who are here, or will be swept away when the city is punished. When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 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!”
By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah- from the Lord out the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all of those who lived in the cities-and also the vegetation of the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:16-17; 22-26 NIV)
The LORD offered Lot and his family salvation from the destruction of the cities and its people. All his family had to do was go to the place He secured for them and not look back at where they came from. Of course, his wife’s mistake was that she looked back. She could not let go of the past and holding on to it sucked the life out of her. As shameful as it is to admit, I am a lot like Lot’s wife.
As I think about my Christian walk, I can’t help but to think about what led me to begin my journey in the first place. I was doing things that were self-destructive to me on many levels in order to please other people. In the end, I was still was left feeling empty. I had to realize no money, man, or material could fill the void. I could hear God calling me and chose to walk toward His voice. I am now aware that only He can supply all of my needs, but still I often look back. I must admit, rather than simply recalling the past, I reminisce and dwell in the memories of the past. In doing so, I miss out on God’s plan for me. I often describe the Christian walk as being hard. Of course there will be struggles, but it’s only hard because I have not let go of everything from the past. However, each struggle in life brings me closer to God and the realization that His plan is what’s best for me. Although Lot’s wife and I share the problem of looking back, I am determined now more than ever not to share in her fate. I choose to purposely press forward and not look back so that I don’t diminish before I reach the place God is sending me to!
Thank You for giving me hope for the future. Thank You for declaring that in order to gain life, we have to lose life. I pray You will help me to let go of my past and completely surrender my old life to You so that I can live a new life according to your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to let go of the past and the things in it that provided a false sense of security. His promises (supplying our every need, grace, victory over temptation and death, salvation and eternal life) are sufficient enough to carry you through struggles.
Have you ever struggled with looking back? How did you overcome living in the past?
Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer. She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)