But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 NLT
Memories can be good, bad, or ugly; they can produce regret, guilt, grief, and happiness, there is nothing wrong with the remembrance; but often our mindset gives us the overwhelming desire to return to former things, people, or situations. Looking back as a reference point for not repeating the same mistakes enables us to learn new and viable methods that will produce positive outcomes. However, even if our past provides comfort or prevents us from error, we must establish boundaries and not dwell on the former things of life. Viewing life in retrospect prevents us from placing our focus on making accomplishments in the present and for the future.
The harsh reality of life is that we must move forward in spite of the circumstances that we have endured. When Adam and Eve sinned they were certainly filled with remorse over the consequences of their disobedience; even so, God in his infinite mercy did not cast them aside. And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife, Eve. Genesis 3:21 NLT. God ensured that the first couple would be equipped to have a happy and productive life: to build a new home, to grow crops, to reproduce, to offer sacrifice for their sins, and to have the opportunity to always depend on God. The earth did not become a place of doom and gloom due to the fall of humanity. Yes, God in His role as a Heavenly Father still extended love, grace, and mercy to the first family.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Whatever has occurred in your life, reflect on the first family: when SIN brought enmity against God, the aroma of God’s grace pointed Adam and Eve toward a new life and they were able to make accomplishments as long as they obeyed God. As long as we keep our eyes fixed on our Savior, Jesus Christ; God will forgive and exterminate the godlessness of our former days.
God is ready and able to fulfill all of His promises, just do your part by praying, studying the Bible, committing to obedience, living a faith-based life, and completely trusting in our Creator.
And whatever you do in your life, “Don’t look back!”
Bible Reading: Genesis chapters 2-3
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for promising us a future filled with hope. We ask forgiveness for looking back and not grasping on to your promises, that you will take care of us by extending grace and mercy. We are unworthy because of disobedience, and the attempt to fulfill our own plans and desires; yet, you still love us. We thank you for not looking back on our sins. Please help us to see life through spiritual eyes and to live a purpose-driven life based on your plans for us. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
Stonepath, Newcastle, Northern Ireland