TODAY'S FOCUS: Genesis19:26
When Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt.
(Common English Bible)
One thing is certain: inappropriate behavior is not new and did not begin with our current generations.
Genesis 19 is a difficult passage filled with poor decisions, bad conduct, immoral actions, and defiant disregard. “Don’t look back” was the unheeded warning. “Don’t get caught up in the judgment of others.” Lot’s wife could escape her attachment to sinful living. She was shown the path: Abandon wickedness. Move forward quickly. Leave the past behind. As she bolted from the city, though, she just couldn’t bring herself to make that clean break. God had provided the separation and removed the barriers; she only need obey the instructions to advance. She simply had to refocus her loyalty. One glance backward toward her former life, however, and she was damaged beyond repair.
Obstacles form in a variety of methods and, without intervention, may well damage us. Beth Moore notes: “Few things are more dangerous than looking back to that from which God has delivered us.” What a blessing given us that God provides enough love and instruction to move us away from destruction. I am greatly comforted knowing that God is continually reconciling God’s people back to God.
Inappropriate behavior is not new and did not begin with our current generations, but thanks be to our God who restores us to wholeness.
Saving God, when I think about looking back to days of poor decisions and bad behavior, bring me back into alignment with your will. Help me to always walk in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.
More to think about:
1 John 1:15
2 Peter: 2