Most of us have heard the account of Sodom and Gomorrah. God provided deliverance for Lot and his family, (Abraham’s nephew) from His judgment on those cities, but Lot and his family had responsibility in their deliverance. They had to flee the city and not look back…
Genesis 19:15-26 (NKJV)
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that [a]he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be [b]destroyed.”
18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords! 19 Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. 20 See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.”
Therefore the name of the city was called [c]Zoar.
23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He [d]overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
None of them really wanted to leave. They liked where they lived. God had to practically drag Lot out of the city.
When God provides deliverance for us from places we don’t need to be, we too don’t need to look back.
Don’t look twice at the picture or video or social media post.
Don’t look back at that text message. Don’t respond.
Don’t rewind that scene or that song.
Don’t tell them to repeat that.
Don’t go back there.
Some thoughts, places, pictures, messages, conversations, books, songs, videos, television shows, movies…even scents can take us our minds back to places we don’t need to be.
Remember Lot’s wife. Looking twice is looking back.