Can’t Look Back

(16) And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hands of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. (17) And it came to pass, when they brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stay thou in the plain escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. (Genesis 19:16-17 KJV)

What if I were to tell you that your life and how far God will take you. All stemmed from your ability not to look back at the former things in your life. Would you make a conscious decision to leave what’s in the past in the past? It can be hard not to look back, especially when we don’t see anything wrong with what we came out of. Sometimes, if we’re honest God has to force us out of a situation as he did with Lot.  The story of what happened to Lots wife is a perfect example of why we should not look back. Many of us know the story but for those who may not let me give you a brief summary. Lot was the nephew of Abraham. He accompanied Abraham along with Sarah when God appeared to Abraham and told him to get out of the country (even though Lot was not supposed to go). Somewhere along the journey there was strife between Lots men and Abraham’s men. So they decided to split ways. Being the gentleman that Abraham was. He allowed Lot to choose. Lot chose the plains of Jordan. It was a place that was well watered (Genesis 13:10) it was a place that seemed to be flourishing. At the time I’m sure that it seemed a little unfair to Abraham that Lot got the choice land. After all Abraham was the one who God called to the promise land. I want for you to get this don’t ever be discouraged, when you know that you are following God’s will for your life and it seems as though the one who isn’t lands in the Jordan plains.  In other words it looks as if their blessed, while you’re still waiting on the move of God. Here’s the thing though, the place where Lot chose to reside only looked to be very beautiful. However, it was filled with all types of wickedness and unrighteousness. God had decided that enough was enough and decided to rain down judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah, but because of Abraham’s prayers over Lot he decided to spare him. God sent his angels to move Lot and his family out.

(16) And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

The scripture says and while he lingered. Lingered means to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave. This shows me that Lot may not have seen anything wrong with where he was. How many of us have been in a place/situation where we did not see anything wrong with where we were at. The scripture says that they had to take Lot and his family by the hand and pull them out. If God has to he will literally pull you out of a situation, that you yourself don’t want to leave. The verse says that the Lord was being merciful unto him. God loves you way too much to allow us to stay in a circumstance that he never intended for us to be in.

(17) Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain lest though be consumed.

Lot was told to escape for his life. In other words God was pulling him out of that which could kill him. Some lifestyles if we stay in it will kill us. My last blog when I gave my testimony (Overcame) if God would not have pulled me out when he did. I would have died. Maybe not physically, but spiritually. Some of you God had to pull out of drug abuse, prostitution, homosexuality, pride, lust, envy, fornication and adultery. It may not seem as though these things leads to death but it does. There’s a scripture that says there is a way which seemed right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12 KJV) I want for you to pay attention to this next part. Lot was instructed to not look behind him, neither to stay in the plain but rather escape to the mountain. So I see that it’s not enough just to not look back at our past, our mistakes and  of who we use to be. We also can’t stay where we are currently. Instead we are to escape to the mountain. The mountain is a high place in God. It is where he reveals himself to us on a more deeper intimate level.

(26) But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26 KJV)

Some of you may be thinking we’ll that wasn’t fair. All she did was look back. It’s not as if she actually went back. Here’s the thing, our lives moves towards the things that we look at. Lots wife looked back which means that she turned her head towards the direction of what she needed to leave behind her. Sometimes we can look back with longing. Which isn’t good because that’s basically telling God. I don’t trust you with my future. Other times we look back with regret. Which also isn’t good because regret has a way of telling us that we are not worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. The thing that we need to take away from Lots wife was the fact that looking back immobilized her and it kept her from reaching God’s best.

The apostle Paul puts it like this. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Philippians 3:13 KJV). We can not change not one single thing in our past. Even if we could would we really want to? Our past shaped us into who we are today but it doesn’t mean that we have to live there and let it control our purpose. As I was preparing this lesson. God told me its okay to reflect and learn from mistakes but move forward. What is destined for you is ahead of you. Not behind. Remember we can’t look back.


God’s blessings,



15 Comments Add yours

  1. I also think that lot wife did not obey the Lord about not turning back and obedience is better then sacrifice Saith the Lord.
    Beautifully written. Thank you I loved the new way for me to look at this. Always learning right?

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    1. Amen!! We’re always learning. Well said!!

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  2. This is good spiritual food. How many times do we look back and where God has brought us from when he wants us to move forward! Good read Aqua❤️

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    1. We tend to look back way too much…I’m starting to see looking back as Destiny Stealer. We can’t move forward cause we’re paralyzed by the past. This is something I struggle with but I trust God to deliver me from this…

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      1. I love that term “destiny stealer” each time I look back I am going to think am I really willing for this past situation or thought to steal my destiny

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      2. Amen Sis! As will I. Personally, I’m tired of being held hostage by that which I can not change!! 💝

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      3. Amen. We just have to pray that the Lord helps us to accept the things we cannot change and to work on the things we can 💕

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  3. Doula Faith says:

    Interestingly, there was a circumstance where God showed me Lot’s fear of the mountain was his fear of meeting with God. So He chose fleeing to the town nearby which he was familiar. God takes us to a higher plane where we can view our circumstances from His perspective. It’s getting alone with God where we become more intimate and the place where He can examine our heart. It was unfortunate, Lot missed out on this and it is unfortunate when we miss out on God’s best anytime we run to others instead of in His council of love.

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    1. Yes! Lot actually represents a lot of us today. God wanted to take Lot higher but he feared going to a deeper level. Often times we fear what we don’t know and settle where God never intended for us to settle. You bring up excellent points. Even though Lot technically didn’t look back. He still didn’t reach where God wanted him to reach. Sometimes the things that holds us back is feelings of unworthiness. Thank you so much for your godly wisdom and comment!

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  4. PrinceInspires says:

    More grace. Nice work you do. Looking forward to connect more with you.

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    1. I look forward to connecting with you as well! God bless you!


      1. PrinceInspires says:

        Indeed. Thanks.

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  5. Great blog! Thanks, Sis. I really liked the point that sending them to the mountain was sending them to a place where they could find, know, and experience God. I don’t think that point actually ever came to me. GLORIOUS!

    One thing God showed me years ago is that Lot’s wife is not the first one that looked back, Lot was. When the angel pointed to the mountain they were to flee to, Lot’s fear kicked in. He looked with fear and doubt and replied, “We can’t make it there before the disaster catches us.” Then he looked back down the mountain to a little town below it and said, “There! Send us there. We can make it there.” He was looking for and seeing what he thought he could do on his own, not trusting what could be done with God. As a result, not only did God keep His commitment to save Lot, He had to protect that area, which very likely saved some people living the influence of Sodom and Gammorha. And, when Lot finally did go to the mountain, He not only missed God, but found his own destruction as he turned to liquor, and set the stage for the sins of his daughters. It’s a sad thing when we look back from trusting what God can do, only to walk in what we think we can do. Thanks again!

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    1. Amen! It shows me that we’re our own worst enemy. God will never tell us to go to a place if he has no intention of getting us there, however, he also won’t force us to go either. Just as Lot settled for less than Gods best. God bless you abundantly!

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