“When your past calls, don’t listen to it, it has nothing new to say”- Deb Sofield
This past season was an eye-opening one. The Lord has closed many doors but has opened many more. This time of year is generally the start of a new season for many people; some of you are starting new jobs, new businesses, or if you are like me, you are starting a new school year. No matter where you are in life you have started and ended a season before.
In the weeks preceding the start of my school year, I felt God reminding me to not look back but to keep moving forward. Some of you have been delivered from the unbelievable, have found a newfound faith in Christ, started ministries, have lost relationships and friendships. For some of you, God has washed you and made you anew. Today I am here to tell you to not look back but to run forward.
Becoming a Pillar of Salt
When we look at the story of Lot and his wife (Genesis 19:16-28), we learn the dangers of living in the past. In Genesis the Lord saves Lot and his wife from the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. In verse 16, “ but he lingered, so the men seized him and his wife”, we see that Lot is apprehensive to leave; he sees danger and still wants to hold on. I don’t know about you, but I use to be Lot, holding on to things that I should have let go a long time ago.
Sometimes we see the dangers in our lives but we stay put, usually out of fear. Thankfully, we serve a merciful and good father that literally picks us up from our destruction and redirects us. I had to have a couple of doors literally slammed shut in my face before I was able to walk away. The door slams were painful but I am so thankful that God took extreme measures. Yes, that relationship ended suddenly, yes you got fired, God needed to seize you from that situation like He did Lot.
Once Lot was moved out of Sodom & Gomorrah, he marched onward but his wife looked backward and became a pillar of salt. Why are you looking back at what used to be? Do you also want to become a pillar of salt? Do you want to perish like Lot’s wife?
Don’t Go Back
When God’s grace saves us from our self-destruction, we should be filled with joy and move forward. The doors that were closed had to be closed for a reason, you really weren’t the happiest in that relationship, you didn’t feel good going to all those parties, and you didn’t enjoy that job. Do you not remember the loneliness, the emptiness, and the guilt that you felt? Why go back to your past when God has so much in store for you?
The Lord only has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a FUTURE” (Jeremiah 29:11) You are slowing your progress by dwelling on the past. Imagine yourself walking on a sidewalk and looking back every few seconds; two things will end up happening, you will either stumble and fall or you will take a lot more time to get to your destination. I don’t know about you, but neither options sound good.
I don’t know what it is that God has pulled you away from. God wants the best for you, He will never ask you to leave something that is good for you. Trust in Him, believe in His promises and I assure you that it will be worth it. Take the time to learn from your past, spend time with God and let Him reveal what you did right and what you did wrong. Once you have acknowledged the past, you have healed from it, and you have repented, please move forward, your destiny deserves it and so do you.
On that note, I pray that this new season will be filled with blessings, joy, peace and growth. That you will grow more in love with Jesus Christ and will worship and praise Him more than you ever had in your past. I pray that you will let go of your past and will not allow it to affect your future.
In Jesus name, you will be thankful for God’s mercy on your life and will seek Him rather than the sins and shortcomings of your past. In Jesus name that you will be covered by the blood of the lamb and will be equipped with God’s armor to fight off anything or anyone that tries to pull you back to what you once were. You are a new creation in Christ, In Jesus name you will continue to grow and to please him for all the days of your life.