Don't Look Back!
The bible tells us about a time in history when the nation of Israel was held as slaves in Egypt for 400 years. God promised Israel that He would rescue them from their slavery and in due time, God fulfilled that promise of deliverance. Through many signs and wonders, God used Moses to bring the people out of Egypt and they began to make progress toward the land of Israel that had been promised to their ancestor Abraham.
As time went on, the people of Israel began to be very discontent. The trip was taking longer than expected. They were stuck out in the wilderness waiting on God to lead them to their destination and it didn't seem like they were making any progress at all. God miraculously provided for them in the dry wilderness by giving them manna to eat.
Manna was a bread-type food that would rain down from heaven and would appear on the ground every morning. The Israelites were in awe of this miracle! They were blessed to eat food on earth that had come directly from heaven. God supernaturally fed them each day with the exact amount of manna they needed to feed themselves and their families.
They baked the Manna. They fried it in oil. They roasted it on the fire. They made manna cakes, manna bread, how about a manna sandwich or a manna soufle? Manna. Manna. Manna. Soon, the supernatural became ordinary and they lost their focus. They were no longer satisfied with the miracle of provision that God used to sustain them through their wilderness time and they began to daydream.
They daydreamed about the days of Egypt. In Egypt, they had a variety of foods to eat. Before they embarked on this supernatural journey, they had fish, cucumbers, leeks, and onions to eat. Instead of thinking about the days of Egypt being horrible days of bondage, they began to think of Egypt as the place where they could freely feed their flesh with the foods of their choice. They didn’t think about the beatings at the hands of the Egyptian soldiers… or the death of their babies under Egyptian laws. They thought about the good food they got to eat and soon, they no longer had their eyes on the God of Israel and they began to loathe the simplicity of what God had provided for them.
They looked back at the world behind them and lusted and desired the things of the world behind them, more than they desired the things of God. They tried to move forward to a desired place with God but their hearts had already turned back to the things of Egypt. (Acts 7:39) Because of this, God’s anger raged against the Israelites and He swore they would not enter into the rest that He had prepared for them. In fact, less than a handful of the multitude brought out of Egypt ever made it into the promised land at all.
This wasn’t a problem that was unique to the children of Israel in ancient days. It was also a problem that Lot’s wife faced.
At the time God brought judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, He sent angels to a man named Lot to let him know that God was going to rain down fire on the region as a judgment on the sins of the land. The messengers told Lot that he could bring his family members with him to be saved from the fire and devastation that was to come. Some of Lot’s family members laughed at him and chose to stay behind. However Lot, his wife, and two of his daughters believed the message. At the time of destruction, the angels appeared to move the family to safety in a new land. Before their departure, they had only one message of warning – as the world behind you is destroyed, don’t look back at it. Keep looking ahead and you will be fine.
Lot’s wife found this instruction to be an impossibility. Something in her heart was drawn to look back. Maybe it was the family she left behind. Maybe it was friends she was concerned about. Maybe she just wanted to know what was happening with the people she loved but she looked back and she instantly was turned into a pillar of salt.
The bible says that this is a picture of the last days. In the twinkling of an eye, we will be with Jesus in heaven. Just like Lot and Noah, we will be rescued from experiencing the wrath of God on the earth and we will be safe in His arms during the coming days of destruction – but the bible says we can’t love or serve two masters. We have to keep our eyes and our hearts firmly fixed on the Lord.
Jesus also faced this issue during His ministry and it’s a problem that people still face today. In the New Testament, Jesus gave an offer to a man to have the honor of being his disciple. The man was willing but had some important things to take care of first. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
God also addressed this issue of the heart in Hebrews 10:38-39. It says, ‘“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.’
Friends, the Lord is revealing to His people that the day of His return is near. Let’s purify our hearts and our minds so we will have only one true love. Don’t let the enemy of your soul let you think that the world can offer you anything of value. Whether it is the lure of drinking, hanging out with friends, finding counterfeit love through sexual encounters, or fulfilling your time with shopping or lusting after other worldly pleasures, don’t let your heart be drawn to these earthly things. Keep your eye on the prize of Jesus. He is coming soon and just as the door of the ark shut and just as the fire began to rain down on those in Sodom and Gomorrah, there will not be time for people get ready when the trumpet sounds. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as we eagerly await His return!
Hebrews 9:28 “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”
Luke 17:28-32 "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
Teresa Kelton is the founder of Daughters of Zion - Ellis County and author of Prescriptions from Heaven: A Practical Guide to Biblical Healing.
Daughters of Zion is a ministry with an end time assignment to prepare the body of Christ for the return of the Lord. Through teaching, ministry, evangelism, and prayer – women are being equipped to reach their families and communities and fulfill their callings as workers in the last day harvest of the Lord.
Prescriptions from Heaven: A Practical Guide to Biblical Healing This dynamic study on healing is a counterpunch to shallow teachings on faith and reveals detailed instructions found in the Bible for those who are sick. Packed with substance and scripture, learn how to remove hindrances and activate the power for healing through a deep relationship with God.