July 23, 2017 Genesis 19: 15-29
In order to know which way we should go we have to determine whether we will spend our time and effort looking back or looking ahead. In the story of Lot’s family and the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah, Lot’s wife looked back instead of forward and she lost her life. Do you spend your time looking back in the small rear view mirror or looking ahead in the large windshield in front of you? I encourage you to look through the bigger picture of life. Every new day is a gift from God and we should enjoy all that He has for us. God commanded Lot and his family to not look back!
Which way do you look most of the time?
Do you see the past or opportunities in your future?
Why do we look back?
1. Because of Familiarity
Lot’s wife had become comfortable with her past life in Sodom & Gomorrah. She desired that everything stay the same in order to live in her comfort zone. Many people are resistant to change because it makes them let go of the familiar. God is continually trying to reveal to His children that we are on a faith journey with Him. We are strangers in this world just passing through to His Glory Land. Could it be that we like Lot’s wife do not trust God enough to provide for our needs and yet His Word says, “The just shall live by faith.” God has a will for our lives and He desires to bless us and protect us. When we resist His will and resist new experiences with Him then we are in trouble. Our purpose is to be pleasing to Him, not to be selfish and please ourselves.
Have you figured out that earthly things are temporary?
Why do we treasure them so much?
Do you know that earthly possessions rot, rust, and decay?
What is the one constant in your life? God!
2. Because of Fear
Many people fear the future. Lot’s wife was disobedient to God and it caused her to lose her life on this earth. Do you fear following God by faith? Do you believe a loving God who has redeemed you at such a great price wants to harm you? I believe God has our best interest at heart. It must break God’s heart to see His people continually show a lack of trust because of fear in their lives. David said it best in Psalm 23, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Is the Lord your shepherd or do you decide how you will live, where you will go and not go, and what you will do and not do? 2 Timothy 1: 7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are led and controlled by his Spirit not fear!
Does fear keep us from following God?
What did Lot’s wife fear?
What do you fear in life?
Can The Holy Spirit help you overcome your fears?
3. Because of Forgetfulness
We often forget the promises of God. Lot and his family followed Abraham as God led him to leave his country to become the Father of God’s faithful children. Lot was a part of this great journey of faith, but the ways of the world can quickly cause us to forget who we are and what our purpose is in life. Lot had allowed his family to become so meshed into an evil society that he lost his discernment of God’s will and guidance in his life. The devil and the demons of Hell are out to make you ineffective as a child of God. They will continually seek to confuse you and cause you to forget the promises of God in your life. How many times have you forgotten to do what is right in the eyes of God? Jonah 2: 7 says, “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your Holy temple.” We need to wake up and remember the blessings and promises of our loving God!
What causes one to slip away from God and become vulnerable in an evil world?
Do you need to be called to remember His love for you?
Do you need to seek Him more this week?
What hinders you from a fresh encounter with God?