Voice Of Victory: Why I’m not looking back

Rev. David W. Burrell Contributing Columnist

August 18, 2013

One of the great gifts that God has given us is our mind. He has given us the ability to think, learn, and understand. Also within our minds, he has given us a memory. We have the ability to remember. Memories are something we all have.

We may look back and say, “Those sure were the good old days.” We may look back and wish we could forget certain times in our lives as well. But the fact is these memories have a way of sticking with us for years and years. You may know someone who is still affected by something that happened within their past. Maybe it was an achievement from long ago and years later they are still bragging about it, reveling in that past accomplishment. Or possibly families split due to hurtful words that can’t be taken back or worse, actions that can’t be undone. I hear quite often someone say, “I just can’t forget what he/she said to me. I can’t get past I what they did.” Though memories are a wonderful thing and bring us joy, many times they can be a source of pain, anger, or even depression.

To look back at a time in my childhood often makes me smile and feel happiness. But on the other hand, I can look back at a time not that long ago and feel emotions of hurt, betrayal, and anger. So for myself, I choose not to look back at those times and give opportunity for these bad feelings to crop up in my life. I must also say, don’t run from your past. You must deal with it and get over it. The only way I was able to was through prayer and studying God’s word. God can bring you to the place where you won’t live in the past and He is able to help you get over those feelings that seemingly handicap you at times in your life.

There is a story in the book of Genesis that illustrates my point pretty clearly. This story revolves around a man named Lot and his family. Lot was the nephew of Abraham and he chose to live in the plains of Sodom and Gomorrah. This place looked really good at first but it wasn’t where God wanted Lot and his family.

Abraham, who lived just over the hill (so to speak), heard about all the wickedness and sin that engulfed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and that God was going to destroy the cities because of its sin. Well Abraham interceded in prayer for his nephew and to make a long story short, God sent two angels to go get Lot and his family before the cities were destroyed.

Now they had gotten used to the city and all the sin that was there. But this is a wonderful picture of God’s grace. God went to them and brought them out of the sin and shame. He delivered them when they couldn’t deliver themselves.

What I want you to see is what happened when they came out of the city. The two angels told Lot and his family not to look back. This was saying, “Don’t look back at your old way of life. Don’t look back at the sin and reproach that way of life brought. Don’t look back at all those memories that rekindle detrimental feelings in your life.” The command was “Don’t look back or you will turn into a pillar of salt.”

As they escaped the judgment of the cities, no doubt they heard the voices they at one time knew and felt hurt and sadness. But no matter what, they were not to look back or punishment would come. Lot’s wife though could no longer stand it and she looked back. She suffered the punishment of God because of that look back and she turned into a pillar of salt.

Next time those memories come back and you are tempted to look back, just walk on with God and trust Him to take you to a higher ground. Before you know it, you will forget about it and have true victory in Jesus.

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