Godís deliverance of Israel was made by means of signs and miracles that many Christians will talk about over and over again. In spite of these events, the Israeliteís gratitude was short lived. The Israelites complained and murmured over the food that God provided in the wilderness to the point that they wanted to go back to slavery in Egypt. This caused them to wandered around in the wilderness for forty years with the adults never getting to the Promised Land. All because they did not choose to remember and honor all that God had done for them.
The Bible also talks about another heartbreaking account of someone else who looked back on what they left behind. Genesis 19:23-26 narrates the story of Lotís wife who met her end just because she looked back on the sinful city she was forced to leave. Her desire to look back, although she had been warned not to, caused her to be turned into a pillar of salt.
These stories are reminders for us to not look back or dwell on the past God saved us from but to look forward and walk in His grace. The Christian life is not void of trials but we have to stand fast on the fact that God has brought you out before and He will do it again as long as you keep the faith and seek His face daily. Are you looking back at the ďfunĒ of a sin ridden life? Do you wrestle with straddling the fence?
However strong the pull is on you to go back to past sin hold on to the Word and bind it in your heart. Remember Lotís wife!Ē Luke 17:32 Realize there is nothing good in looking back. The past is the past and as a Christian going back is not an option because you might think you are strong enough to go into the same places, or be with the same crowd and maybe you are but what is the point. If you prayed for God to save you and He brought you out then you owe your new life to Him. Pray for change for those who you left behind to find God. Be the example of God's grace and mercy that they see. Your new life is a living testimony of His power.
Move forward and ask Him what is His will for your life. What is the gift He gave you that you may use for His glory? Donít take His blessings for granted and die in the wilderness so close to the promise He has for your life. The Israelites died never seeing the Promised Land because they were so busy thinking about where they came from and somehow forgot that it was not a good place to be. Do you remember the trials you went through and the prayers you prayed? Never forget that God brought you through and into a better place in your life.
Hold onto Godís unchanging hand and move forward in His grace to be a living witness of His goodness.