A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, August 28, 2013
“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” – Genesis 19:26
When God rescued and preserved Lot and his family from His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord commanded them to flee and not look back (Genesis 19:22). Unfortunately Lot’s wife did, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. Looking back on past dead things, sin, and what God has delivered you from can be deadly.
Looking back, which is reaching back, is not the same as remembering. There are times when the Lord commands us to “put Him in remembrance of His Word” concerning us (Isaiah 43:26). This is for the purpose of remembering the Lord’s faithfulness to us in all the times He rescued us, kept us safe, provided for us, and saw us through difficult times. Many times, the psalmist King David remembered the goodness of the Lord. However, looking back the way Lot’s wife did is a destiny-killer.
The Hebrew word for “looked” as used in this verse is nabat (pr. naw-bat), which means “to look intently at” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “intently” as “the state of mind with which an act is done, volition”; and further defines “volition” as “an act of making a choice or decision, will, desire.” Lot’s wife was “behind,” which is achor (pr. akh-ar)¸and means “pursuing, to engage in.” Even though the Lord had delivered Lot’s family from their destructive past (the moment they left the city, it became the past); Lot’s wife maintained a posture, a position, of pursuing and engaging the very destruction that God was attempting to deliver them from. Her will was for destruction; and because God will never violate our free will, she became what she willed.
A “pillar” as used here is netsib (pr. nets-eeb), which is “something stationary.” As long as you are reaching back for your past, your past will keep you stuck; thus ever allowing you to move forward in the identity, plan, and purpose that God is calling you to walk in.
The “salt” (melach, pr. meh-lakh) as used in this verse, is not the same salt that Jesus calls us to be, which is the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13); but rather is “powder, easily pulverized and dissolved.” Your destructive past will grind you into powder; and, but for the goodness and mercy of the Lord, will dominate and pulverize you.
When God commands us to put on His “whole armor” in Ephesians 6:10-18, He gives us a list of every piece of armor that covers us from head to toe. But here is the rub (no pun intended): there is no piece of armor mentioned for the back. It is all for covering our head, chest, waist, and feet. Why? Did the Lord forget a piece? God forbid! It is because God has our back! Isaiah 52:12 testifies from the battlefield “The God of Israel will be your rear guard!”
When God delivers us from our past, He protects us from our past. Our Most Holy Father then points us forward, assuring us that He has our back; however, when we choose to look back intently because we will to reach back, then we are forsaking God’s promise to cover our back from the things of the past, which are the very things that attempted to destroy us from the beginning. Choose to trust God to cover your back, my brothers and sisters; because if you leave it for the world to protect, you will be pulling knives out from it, and one of them just might be fatal.
Father, thank You for Your protection. Thank You for covering us and keeping us safe. We trust You, Most Holy Father, to keep us safe from the enemy, and from the world. We belong to You, we submit to You, and we thank You that we wear your whole armor. Help us to never forsake You as our rear guard. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we never look back to reach back; but only to remember, which helps us to move forward in You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to develop a forward-thinking mindset. Choose to trust and allow God to deliver you from your past, and point you toward your God-given destiny. Make a habit of remembering the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, but never reaching back. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping your eyes focused on Jesus; for God, your Ultimate Back Support, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.