Donít Look Back & Donít Hold On

John Tilton


Genesis 19:24-26 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.


Lot and his family heard and knew what was told to them as to what would happen to Sodom and Gomorrah, and that they were to flee, not look back or stop on the plains. Yet, Lot’s wife did so and she was turned into a pillar of salt.


What these scriptures impress on me not to look back and dwell in the past, or hold on to things of the past too tightly, when I am directed or prompted, especially from the Lord. There have been and will be times when I am directed by those above me, by assignment or by prompting of the Lord, to release certain things in order to move forward in a new assignment or responsibility, as well as events in my life and the past. It is often when like Lot’s wife that we dwell in the past and hold on to things we should release, that we get paralyzed, bogged. I can imagine that there are those that hold on so tightly that they become like a pillar of salt that cannot move forward, and therefore come to a standstill.


Dear Lord, enable me when needed to release those things of the past that I am endeared to or find hard to release. May I not be territorial or possessive to those things that need to be released.

Devotions for January 07

Genesis 18,19
Psalms 3
Luke 7

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