There have been times in my life where I have encountered individuals with so much God-given potential, gifts, abilities and yet some of these individuals are hindered from being all that God has created them to be by bitterness, un-forgiveness, regret, or looking back at past failures.
I am reminded of when God rescued Lot and His family from the punishment being brought down on the city of Sodom. Sodom was a city living in great sin and the Lord sent two angels to destroy it, however, had compassion on Lot and his family (Lot reverenced the Lord). Read with me.
When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.”
Clearly, God was rescuing Lot and his family, but it came with directives. Lot’ family was directed to “not look behind you.”
Let’s see what happens in Genesis 19:24-26
Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
For many people God has rescued from the entrapment of sin, from a jacked-up lifestyle or an environment of dysfunction and yet is so easy to look back. I believe that can be the biggest hindrance in becoming all who God has called us to be as people, is the trap of looking back. My encouragement to anyone who God has rescued from a life of sin is this, do not look back. If there is a struggle of moving on from past mistakes and failures, don’t look back. If there is someone who is struggling with dwelling on the “excitement” of living in sin, I encourage you, do not look back. If there is someone holding on to bitterness and un-forgiveness, I encourage you, to give that bitterness to God, forgive those who have done you wrong and DO NOT LOOK BACK.
John 8:36 says this …
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.