Our God Instructs Us not to Look Back

One of the greatest gifts of God to mankind is His Holy Word! His Word is the light to our feet and lamp to our path every day. Thanks be to our God for His clear cut instructions every day in order to enable us to avoid being destroyed or being led astray. The thought for our reflection this morning is, “Our God instructs us not to look back".

“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!”
(Genesis 19:17)

Sodom is always symbolically associated with anything that is evil, perverted, sinful and ungodly. In Genesis 19 we read that the city's sins became so vile and wicked, that it reached even unto heaven. And finally God literally said to Abraham that the sin of that city had risen to heaven. The angels of God were just relaying God’s detailed instructions to Lot and his family with the aim of protecting them:

Lot was instructed not look back but to flee to the mountains.

Where are we looking? This is an important question when it comes to our spiritual walk and life on this earth. Knowing very well that Lot would be tempted to turn to see the goods and substance that he had left behind in Sodom, the Angels strictly instructed him not to look back. Probably God was demanding of Lot and his family a total abandonment in heart and will of the condemned cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are here reminded of the Israelites who left Egypt but still constantly longed for their past life in Egypt. Sometimes we are like people of Israel, looking and longing for all that the sinful world offers. Perhaps it’s the dream job with attractive perks but which may require us to spend countless hours at work at the cost of our relationship with God and neglecting our family, our health and even our faith. Or perhaps our past sinful habits which once upon a time gave us temporary pleasures are constantly tempting us to return to our past when we yielded our bodies to gratify the sinful desires of our flesh. As redeemed children of God, true that we are committed to live a life of service for our new master Jesus. But are we not often tempted by our old master Satan, who does everything possible in his power to tempt us to look back and return to our past life of sin?

Even as we begin a new week, shall we determine to keep our eyes fixed on our Saviour Jesus and the joy awaiting us in eternity. Did not Apostle Paul instruct us to

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart?"
(2 Timothy 2:22).

Shall we rededicate ourselves this morning, not look back or to return to our sinful past?

Blessed day and a fruitful week!