Day Na Break [weekly] Devotional (January 15 - 21, 2021)
Do Not Look Back!!!
Most times when God starts to push us forward into a better life, we tend to look back at how sweet or enjoyable our past life used to be. As humans, we sometimes do not understand the journey into our new, glorious life because it may not look as 'flourishing' as our previous life used to look. However, we need to remember that there's a way that seems right unto a man, but the end therefore is destruction [ Proverbs 14:12 ].
Do not look back. Whenever you look back, there are consequences. Sometimes when you look back, you find yourself going back into that past lifestyle. When you look back, you may lose out on the new life God is taking you into. When you look back, you grief God. God gets very unhappy when we look back and start to crave that destructive life He is calling us out of.
The Israelites looked back when God was taking them out of slavery to their promise land. They complained to Moses that they were hungry and that Moses had brought them into the Wilderness so the entire group could die: "Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3. When you read further, God then gave them manner from Heaven.
They were still not satisfied. They started to complain again, that "If only we had some meat. In Egypt we could eat all the fish we wanted, and there were cucumbers, melons, onions, and garlic. But we’re starving out here, and the only food we have is this manna." Read Numbers 14:4-6. See, God gave them food, but they did not see it as luxurious as the food they ate in Egypt.
They complained that they wanted to go back. What they failed to realize is that they were given all those food because their slave masters needed them to be healthy and strong to be able to do all the hard work they had to do. It had nothing to do with them caring about what they ate.
When the enemy gives you what may seem to be luxury, know that it is not for your good, but for his own benefit. He wants so that people would see the things you get from the destructive way so that other people would be enticed to follow him [the devil] also. Beware that not all that shines is gold.
God did not like the fact that the Israelites looked back and desired to return to Egypt. So He kept them in the Wilderness far longer than He had originally planned. Besides, God wiped out that entire generation so that they did not see the promise land but the next generation.
When God is taking you out of the life of sexual pleasure [sin], do not complain that "oh, this new life, my sex drive is so high and God is not giving me a husband or a wife to marry so that I can enjoy sex like I used to. I want to go back." When God is taking you out of the world or alcoholism and smoking harmful substances, do not go complaining that those things used to give you relaxation in times of stress, now here you are, so tensed and there is nothing to calm you down. When God is calling out of the life or waywardness and all kinds of perverse lifestyle, welcome it and do not look back! Or maybe God is calling you out of what seems to be an abundant life...say from a great job to one that looks less, from a great community or country into a new one. God alone knows best, and He always wants the best for His children. You just follow his lead and do not look back. Ask God, and He will give you the Holy Spirit who will dwell in you and give you all the spiritual fulfillment you need to cope with those situations in life. Do not be the reason for you own delay or denial of your fruitful life.
Lot's wife looked back...and she turned into a pillar of salt. That one was just plain and simple. There was a specific instruction: "Do not look back." The angels of the Lord had gone to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin against God. However, Lot was found worthy. Therefore, he and his family were spared. The angel told them to leave. When they were hesitating, the angel took them by the hands, Lot, his wife and his two daughters. Genesis 19:15 -17: With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished." When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
They then started their journey, running for their lives, leaving behind all their possessions. Then what happened? Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt [Genesis 19:26]. Lot's wife was in the know. She heard the instruction clearly: "Do not look back." She made a conscious effort to disobey the instruction. When she did, she received the consequences of her action immediately. Perhaps yours may not be that immediate, but remember there are always consequences. God may be very patient with us so as not to bring our own punishment on us immediately. Do not see it as a means of continuing in our state of 'looking back'. Get out of it.
Jesus referenced this situation about Lot's wife [in Luke 17:32] during His time of Ministry on earth [Read Luke 17:22-37]. When Jesus was cautioning the people that the time is coming when the Son of Man will return and we will be caught in the rapture. When you are up on your roof top, do not come down to go into the house for anything. If you are out, do not think about going back.
During the war in Liberia, some had this experience. When you leave the house to go fetch food and learn that there is an attack in the community you came from, people were warned not to go back. The issue was that whatever you left behind there must be forgotten. Just forge ahead and run for your life. If you left children behind, you will have to pray that somehow you will see them again when the fighting subsides. That is it. An attempt to go back may cost your life.
When God instructs you to move into your restored, fruitful life, move forward and do not look back. The consequences would be dire. You cannot move forward by looking behind. You might remain in the same position or crash into something [accident] ahead of you whilst you were looking back. Focus on the journey ahead of you and move forward.
As the Lord is ready to RESTORE you this 2021, do not look back. Focus on the road that lies ahead of you and move forward. He sees you. He knows all what you are going through and He will hold your hand and lead you through. God bless you.