Genesis 19:26 (NKJV)
26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Oh, how we can be like Lot’s wife sometimes, can we not? Here you see God protecting Lot and his family from the punishment Sodom is about to receive and Lot’s wife looks back longingly back at the city. We can sit here and judge her but how often do we look back on the good ole’ days?
God Has More
Sodom had become a city full of sin and corruption, a truly evil place. God wanted to protect Lot and his wife from the judgment it was about to encounter. Lot’s wife, however, looked back and was no more. Maybe you find yourself looking back on the drinking and partying you used to do before Christ. Maybe you think back to dating. Maybe you look back on all the money you used to make. You may think back to a number of things and remember those good ole’ days in a much better light than they were in reality.
The truth is, God has a much better plan. He has things planned for us that we cannot even imagine at this point. We are reminded in Romans 6:23… For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. A life of sin leads to death, while a life lived for God leads to eternal life. So much better, right?
Isaiah 43:14-19 says… “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Instead of looking back on the former things, we must look forward to what God has in store for us. We must put our hope in those things, instead of dwelling on the memories of times past. Psalm 119:105 calling the Lord a lamp to our feet, the idea is that He is guiding our footsteps toward His end goal.
I remember who I was before Christ. I remember the ruthless coach that would do anything to win. I remember the various addictions, alcohol, gambling, among others. I remember the guy that was so self-centered he couldn’t get out of his own way. I can now see a guy that is seeking the Lord’s path, the Lord’s will, the Lord’s guidance, and he is so much better for it. I have a long way to go, but I certainly do not want to look back.
Our memory can sometimes play tricks on us. We remember things a lot differently than they actually were. Instead of falling for the tricks our memory can play, look forward to the promise the Lord has for us. He is promising us a better life than we have now. His ways are far better than ours.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.