When I Long for Times of Old

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“With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”… By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:15-25

I was driving down the highway this morning headed toward my college campus as this story played from my radio. Growing up in a Christian home, one can so easily miss the nuggets of truth that are hidden within God’s word. We so often over look the simple things within God’s Word that were placed there for our instruction. Thankfully, the Lord began to lovingly teach my soul as I continued driving.

Lot’s wife was obedient to the Lord in the beginning of the journey. She harkened to His words, and yet, stumbled at one microscopic level. She began the journey up the mountain. She did obey. Yet, she looked back and suffered the consequences of her disobedient actions. Just as Lot and his family were commanded not to look back at their former lives, we too as Christians are told, “Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'” Luke 9:62

A simple thought came within my soul as I heard this heart convicting verse,  “Eliza, have you looked back? Have you turned your back on your Savior to have one last glance at your former life? Have you promised yourself, one last pleasure, before following Christ with your whole heart? Why do you turn your gaze to the dried fields of your former life, where no beauty or fruit grew?”

Reader, have you, just as Lot’s wife, begun this journey? Have you answered the call, yet somewhere along the trek, looked back, longing for your former life? Have you turned toward your old ways?

Let me encourage you, dear one, God’s hand is withholding the outpouring  of wrath we all should have. Turn back to our Master and follow His lead up the mountain while you still can.

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