“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” –Genesis 19:26
Lexi’s getting better at obeying the command “Leave it,” but she can rarely give up on something without a second glance back. If I say “Leave it” she turns her head away and walks a few steps, but then she pauses to glance back again. I may have to give the command again or kiss to her (I can’t whistle) to draw her attention away from the temptation. On a good day she’ll give up after the second reminder. On a bad day I may have to command and encourage her to “Leave it” several times. God’s angels commanded Lot and his wife to flee and said, “Don’t look back!” (Genesis 19:17). God planned to destroy the city of Sodom, where they were living; he gave Lot and his wife one chance to save themselves because they were righteous. But Lot’s wife didn’t follow the angels’ instructions. She did look back. Jesus also warns us about the temptation of looking back: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Walking with God means keep our eyes on him (Hebrews 12:2). Maybe one quick glance backward doesn’t seem so perilous, but it does mean that we’re not focused on God. Someday, I hope, Lexi will be able to walk all the way around the block with her eyes fixed straight ahead. Someday, I pray, we will each be able to walk through the world with our eyes fixed solely on the Lord.
Dear God, Teach me not to look back but to keep my eyes on you. Amen