Live In The Present, Don't Look Back And Long For The Past.

I have chosen Luke 17:32 , where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.” What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase?   Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. The story, of course, comes to us out of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the Lord, having had as much as He could stand of the worst that men and women could do, told Lot and his family to flee because those cities were about
to be destroyed. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said. “ Look not behind thee . . . ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” ( Genesis 19:17 ; emphasis added). With less than immediate obedience and more than a little negotiation, Lot and his family ultimately did leave town but just in the nick of time. The scriptures tell us what happened at daybreak the morning following their escape: “The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; “And he overthrew those cities” ( Genesis 19:24–25 ).  Surely, with the Lord’s counsel—“look not behind thee”—ringing clearly in her ears, Lot’s wife, the record says, “looked back,” and she was turned into a pillar of salt (see verse 26).

Apparently, what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. It would appear that even before she was past the city limits, she was already missing what Sodom and Gomorrah had offered her.

It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind.

So it isn’t just that she looked back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confi dence in the future. That, apparently, was at least part of her sin.

So, what can we learn from this.....not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future.

So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. Apparently, she thought that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as what she was leaving behind. To yearn to go back to a world that cannot be lived in now, to be perennially dissatisfi ed with present circumstances and have only dismal views of the future, and to miss the here and now and tomorrow because we are so trapped in the there and then and yesterday are some of the sins of Lot’s wife.

 
c8lorraine c8lorraine
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1 Response Jul 18, 2010

It's pretty scary when you think about how we sometimes think and that God KNOWS our heart..... we do have to be honest and up front or we are just kidding ourselves.