As soon as the angels got them outside, one of them said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look back and don’t stop anywhere on the plain! Run to the mountains, or you will be swept away!” – Genesis 19:17
The story of Lot and his family is full of illustrations of spiritual failure and bad decisions. It was a bad decision for Lot to live in Sodom and Gomorrah … and an even worse one to stay there. Lot’s daughters made a couple of bad decisions in the mountains after they fled; decisions that led to the founding of two wicked nations (the Moabites and the Ammonites). But, perhaps, the worst decision of all was made by Lot’s wife when she looked back.
It seems that she had a problem leaving behind her life in Sodom and putting her trust in the God who gave her a chance at life and freedom. She, apparently, did not realize the inherent danger of looking back. Every Christ-follower has been freed (by His blood) from the past, no matter how bad, but each person is also responsible to keep his or her focus on the new life this freedom provides. Whether we are stuck in regret or longing for something we lost (and wish we could get back), forward is the only option if we truly wish to succeed.
Run for your life, don’t look back, and live!
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. – Thomas Sowell
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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