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Don’t Look Back!
Wavering is a part of human nature, and I am no stranger to it. When facing the need to make decisions that will be life changing it is crucial to take the time to consider all options, weigh the pros and cons, and of course pray for guidance. Once I pray and hear from God though, it is imperative that I take heed to His words and proceed accordingly. I have been chronically guilty of not doing the latter in the past when making decisions. Specifically, when it came to letting go of relationships that I knew were unhealthy. I would pray and hear from God clearly that I didn’t have to cease to love them, yet it was time for me to let go, or walk away. Then, I did the unthinkable.
I looked back.
I looked back at all of the good times we shared over the years. I looked back at all of the love, the pain, the tears, joy, laughter and comfort that was born of these relationships. I would count the years invested and think of how many albums full of pictures of good memories I had. Then I would think to myself, “God can’t possibly want me to walk away from all of this time! What would life be like for me without this person or that person? For us? If we didn’t have each other?”
But, that was exactly what God wanted for me!
Lot’s wife looked back too, and she paid with her life.
In Genesis chapter 19, we learn that Lot was instructed by two angels to take his family and leave the city of Sodom, and that Lot was hesitant. He didn’t want to leave the home he and his family had come to know “…Hurry! Take your wife and two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished. When he hesistated, the men grasped the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city for the Lord was merciful to them.” (Genesis 19:15-16 NIV) As important as it was for the angels to get Lot and his family out of the city, what they said to them once outside the city was most important of all! “Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!” (Genesis 19:17 NIV)
Lot, his two daughters and wife reached Zoar safely, as God had promised they would. “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26 NIV
Don’t look back!
The word from God sent through the angels could not have been anymore clear. Similarly, the word of God was quite blatant to me when I decided to stay in the relationships. I would look back over our relationship and in my weakness I would pray for God to make me stronger instead of leaving like I was instructed to do. I looked back and remembered times when they behaved selfishly over and over again, and instead of leaving I prayed that God would make them more compassionate. Though I was spared and not turned to a pillar of salt, when I stayed in those relationships I suffered with hurt feelings, neglect and years and years of wasted time!
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
Don’t look back!
Thank You for Your mercy, grace and protection during the times I went against Your will and leaned not on faith in Your word, but my own understanding. I thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and I have no need to fear as long as I am walking according to Your will in my life. Please continue to order my footsteps in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to “set your hearts on things above where Christ is….” (Colossians 3:1 NIV). Trust the word of God when you hear it, whether you believe it is what’s best or not, knowing that His will and plan for your life is ALWAYS best. Remember, sorry looks back, worry looks around and FAITH LOOKS FORWARD!
Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”