The Dreaded Backward Look

Exactly his words, these are not, but on Sunday morning, Jerry preached a powerful sermon in which he spoke such sentences as these:

“This escaping woman had safety within her view.”

“She was minutes away from a hellish inferno of destruction.”

“…but she looked back.”

He was referring to Lot’s wife, of course, whose story is in 19 of Genesis.

In verse 17, the angel of the Lord spoke to Lot: “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”

Verse 24: “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.”

Verse 26: “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Jump to the New Testament and Jesus’ own words in Luke 17. He was teaching the second coming of Jesus, warning of problems that would arise, and examining similarities between what would be the last days, and other historical days of destruction. The three words that comprise the entire 32nd verse are profound and startling:

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

One more scripture from Jerry’s sermon is in Hebrews 10:38.

“…but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him…”

And concluding with the next verse.

“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

I take God’s words and His admonitions seriously, having no desire to look back into the inferno of death and destruction. Rather, I rejoice that I can place myself with those who do not draw back, but who are the faithful, forward-looking, overcoming¬† believers!

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to The Dreaded Backward Look

  1. marlajayne says:

    I’ve often thought about this story and its significance. How can a person move forward if she’s pining for the past and the familiar? I feel that God really “meant business” since, as a consequence of that forbidden backwards glance, Lot had no wife and his daughters had no mother. Looking back can affect the person as well as her family and loved ones.

  2. Tom Contino says:

    From Mom Contino: I want to go forward in the Lord. From times of looking back, I have found that forward is the best way to go in Christ.

  3. Shirley says:

    Hello, Marljayne and Mom Contino:

    Yes, God “meant business.” Although He is long-suffering and kind, when He speaks, His words will come to pass. We cannot afford to look back. God help us to stay focused on Heaven and the glorious coming of Jesus.

    Bless you both.

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