Genesis 19v12-13:”Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. ‘Do you have any other relatives here in the city? ‘ they asked. ‘Get them out of this place- your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else. For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the Lord, and he has sent us to destroy.”
Sodom and Gomorrah were two big cities ruled by wickedness and evil. God, having had enough of this sin and corruption, decided to destroy these cities and all its inhabitants, save for Lot, his family, and anyone who was willing to believe. They had found favour in God’s eyes, and He was merciful and spared them.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the same position. We were stuck in our own cities of sin, in our own Sodoms and Gomorrahs, and have finally found favour in God’s eyes. Or rather, we have accepted the favour of God that came through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We’ve really received His Spirit, experienced His greatness, felt His Spirit, and are ready to change our ways. We’ve finally reached the point where we can leave our Sodoms and Gomorrahs behind, and the Lord can destroy them and wipe us clean of our pasts.
Verse 17: “When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, ‘Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!'”
What I found interesting was the fact that the angel of the Lord specifically told them not to look back as they escaped. If I’ve already fled from the danger, what’s the problem in looking back? It’s already done, so what difference does looking back make? Quite frankly, I would have loved to look back and see my old sins and wicked ways being destroyed. It would have been encouraging to see how far I had come. The Lord revealed the answer to my question not too many scriptures later.
Verse 26: “But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.”
What happened to Lot’s wife is a message to us. Looking back at the sin that you’ve left behind immobilises you. It leaves you stuck in place, and you end up being destroyed along with your past because you coveted for it. When you’ve started a path to righteousness but stop and look back, you put yourself in a position where you can’t move forward or backward. You end your own journey when it’s barely begun.
When you have decided to leave your sin behind, there’s no time to look back. Don’t focus on where you come from, focus on where you’re going. For the Lord has taken you out of the kingdom of darkness and translated you into His marvelous light (Colossians 1:13). You are a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), and so you should no longer think back on the things of old. The bridges of sin need to be burned down so that you won’t be led back to darkness. The Bible tells us that if our hand causes us to sin, we’re better off without it. Rather enter the kingdom of Heaven with one hand than to enter Hell with two (Matthew 5:30). So let go of the things that make you want to look back. Stay consistently in the Lord, and don’t lose your momentum. Put off the old man, and let the Spirit renew your thoughts and actions. Become more like God- righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Don’t look back, child of God. You’re moving forward and upward. Leave the old. Focus on God.