Summary: Looking back could cause you to fall, or even maybe your life
As we have been in these days and nights of concentration and prayer, we see how the Lord has been changing thing for our good. We see that petitions have been heard, prayers have been answered, and the needs that has been met.
We see that God has manifested himself in the presence of the people and has made him-self known. So, I feel the urge to ask you this morning do you feel the change, do you feel the shift in the atmosphere. Well if you see the change, and if you feel the shift then I think I need to tell you don’t look back.
In our lesson, we see that Jesus makes a very simple statement, that relates to a very big problem: and that is, the key, and the ability to be able to walk away from our old life into our new life.
But the problem is that it seems as though our past always want to call us back to where we used to be. It seems to be as though our past love to come back to hunt us. But I can hear the Word of God saying, don’t look back. Don’t look back, don’t look back to and on the negatives of our lives. Stop looking back to what used to be, or what could’ve been. Look at what the Lord has done for you.
This statement that we see in our lesson to remember Lot’s wife is sandwiched between Jesus discussion on how God’s judgment came upon man while he went through his everyday life, thinking of the great things he would do for us on tomorrow. And between His discussions on how a changed life would keep us from a destructive end. Although the Lord gave these lesson to some their tomorrow brought only their destruction.
When we visit the text we see that Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt after she looked back at the city of Sodom, where she lived, which was being destroyed by the Lord.
Now my question is, was her punishment because she disobeyed the command given by the angles not to look back as they fled? Or was it because of the reasons that she looked back?
And I would answer my own questions by saying that she was punished for both. Because in our story we know that God did not want them to look back, because He wants us to trust in his direction and his future for our lives. Because God knows that when we look back, we are saying in our hearts, that we miss where we came from, and that we are unsure of where we are going, and most of all we are not clear where God is leading us.
In Genesis, 18 the bible tells us how Abraham, and how Abraham petitioned the Lord about his family that was in this wicked place called Sodom. And I can hear the man of God asking God to spare the city if he could find some righteous people in the city.
His opening bid to save the city was if he could find 50 righteous people in the city would he spare the city. Then he thought about and said well maybe 50 is a bit much, what if we dropped it to 40? Wait a minute because I have heard about some of those people down there, Lord maybe 30 would be a better number, or even 20, Lord just allow me to find 10. If I can find 10 righteous people in the city would you spare the city? He dropped from 50 to 10. And my question would there be enough righteous people in Jackson to save the city? Wherever you live would there be at least 10 that could save the city. Allow me to minimize, are there at least 10 righteous in your church to save the city?
In chapter 19 the bible tells us that the Lord sent 2 angels to save Abraham family members.
The bible said in verse 1 And 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; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him and entered into his house; the record is that Lot cooked them a feast, and he baked them some unleavened bread, and they did eat.