I’ve got two descriptions for you today, and I’d like you to think about which one fits you or your life. Are you willing? OK. The first is one you may have heard of even if you’ve never picked up a Bible. It’s “pillar of salt”. The second is one just thought of as I began to write. I haven’t heard it before, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find it online somewhere. It’s “pillow of faith”.
There are many places in the Bible where God shows you the principle of always moving forward. In the New Testament you’ll find references like…
- the race
- the prize
- the goal
I think it’s easy to visualize yourself running a race, winning a prize, or reaching a goal. But imagine if you didn’t have to visualize the consequences of looking back when you should have been looking forward.
A woman, referred to as “Lot’s wife”, experienced harsh consequences for looking back. Lot and his family were told, by God, not to look back as they escaped from the city of Sodom. Maybe you’ve heard or recall that God destroyed that city and the city of Gomorrah. Well, Lot’s wife looked back and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt. Yikes.
But I’d like you to think of it this way…let’s say you’re walking somewhere. Suddenly you sense something is directly behind you, and feel compelled to look back. What do you have to do? Stop and turn around. Right? And you just lost your forward momentum and took your eyes off the prize.
Yesterday is gone forever. And tomorrow is always tomorrow. It’s only today where you have any chance of making a difference in your life and the lives of others. I encourage you to believe you can. Have even a little faith and you can. Live by faith, and lay your head on the pillow of faith that is God’s Word.
Why look back with regret and turn into a pillar of salt when you can run the race and when the prize of the Grace of Jesus?