Stop! Halt! Detour! We have seen these warning signs on the road of life. Sometimes we speed right past them as if they didn’t exist. Then we wonder why we weren’t warned of the dangers that lied ahead.
Lot lived in a town called Sodom, so full of sin and wickedness. The people had engaged in drunkenness, idol worshipping, sexual immoralities. They lived their lives outside of God. They made their own rules. God was displeased and had decided to destroy both Sodom and Gomorrah. He knew that some of His children remained obedient and so angels were sent to warn Lot and his family of the coming destruction. Genesis 19:1, 12-26
1And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 12And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 14And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 15And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD: 19Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 22Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Could you really and truly pick up your things and leave if God said let’s go? Would you be able to look forward, never backward. Lot’s wife couldn’t and look where it got her. She became a pillar of salt, because she just could not let go of her past.
Most of us are so comfortable with the places we’re in. We are so caught up with our past and present that we can’t imagine a better future. We have become our own gods, knowing what’s best for us.
“God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who created the heavens and the earth. I created man and the animals. Oh and by the way, I created you too. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. So would you mind if I had my job back?”
We are too busy playing God, trying to fill His shoes, that we can’t even see the traps that are ready to destroy us. God has always and will continue to look out for His children, IF WE LET HIM! Noah and his family obeyed God. For 120 years, Noah preached that the rains would come. God had told him to let the people know and they chose to ignore him. When the rains finally came, Noah and his family along with pair of every animal were the only ones saved. Read Genesis 6.
Angels were sent to tell Lot to flee the town of Sodom with his family. Lot didn’t even hesitate. He packed up and left, never to return. He had trust in God.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
God would never…He would never pull you from one place and put you somewhere worse. That is the opposite of who He is. He always has our best at heart.
Lot’s wife couldn’t imagine that she would have to leave everything she worked so hard for. She couldn’t imagine that she would have to leave behind her house, her job, her colleagues and friends. She couldn’t help but look back, fearing the thought of having to start all over again. She lacked the faith needed to know that God would see them through. She failed to see that life would be better than what it was before.
That boyfriend or girlfriend is not the end of you. Leave them in your past. If your pastor or church member wronged you, leave them in your past. If your employer or employee spoke against you, so be it. These actions are only temporary. Your current location is not your final destination. God has something better in store for you.
Let go of your past. Trust in Him who knows all and sees all. He knows what’s best for us, after all He created us. We may think we know ourselves, our needs, but only God knows us inside and out. Just trust Him and He’ll do the rest.
Learn from her example. Don’t look back, look forward. It’s called the past for a reason. We are not to dwell on those things. We must learn and continue to push forward.
Thanks for reading and remember God loves you! Be blessed!
Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun