One thing I have always struggled with was looking back to my past. Or for blunter expression, going back to my past. Whether it be going back to past hurtful relationships, going back to past behaviors, or going back to past ways of thinking; it was always something that was hard for me. I forgave (and forgot) easily, was addicted to the familiar, and found peace in what was in my control. I could control (and knew) what was in my past, but for the future, oh that would require me to lose my control and completely place my trust in GOD. On this Sunday morning, as I started on this blog, oblivious to what I would write about, I grabbed my dusty Bible off the shelf (as I struggle with consistently reading the Word) and flipped it open.
The page flipped opened to Genesis 19. You may or may not be familiar with this passage in the Bible, but this particular chapter is about the story of Lot. Lot was sitting at the gateway of his homeland city, Sodom, when he was greeted by two angels. The angels were sent by GOD to investigate the behaviors and acts being done in the city. So, the angels insisted with Lot they wanted to stay the night in the square where all the wrongful activity was taking place. After an altercation with two city men, the angels instructed Lot to take his wife, two daughters and flee the city. “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” Lot hesitated of course, but the angels urged him to hurry and flee as God was giving him and his family mercy before he was to destroy the city. At the gates of the city, the angels told Lot and his family, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!” They fled the city, but as they were fleeing and the LORD began to destroy the city, Lot’s wife looked back and at that moment, the Bible says, she became a pillar of salt.
After reading this story of Lot, I understood what GOD has been desperately trying to tell me. DON’T LOOK BACK! Time and time again I had disobeyed GOD by looking (going) back to what He has already called me out of. And as we see with Lot’s wife, GOD does not take it lightly when you disobey and look back to what He has called you to flee from. A word I heard from Bishop T.D. Jakes, GOD is no longer in our past, He is in our future waiting for us!
With GOD calling me to NOT look back, I know that it is 1) For a Reason 2) Because He has something bigger than I can imagine for me. What may GOD be telling you to not look (or go) back to? I encourage you to trust and obey GOD and leave it in the past. If GOD is calling you to it (your future/destiny) then you MUST do it.
Sending love and prayers to you all and wishing you a Happy Sunday!
Isaiah 43:19 “See I am doing a NEW thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”