Sunday, May 6, 2018

Luke 17:32 -- On Moving Forward

"Remember Lot's wife."
Luke 17:32

A three word verse, but so packed with meaning.  Lot and his family, commanded by God to flee the wicked city that was about to be destroyed, where not even 10 righteous people could be found, and Lot's wife looks back, presumably wanting to return, turning to salt.

Similar things happen elsewhere in the scriptures.  The Israelites, led out of Egypt towards the land given them by God, and they wanted to go back, not just once, but many times, preferring the familiar to the new challenges and opportunities given them by God.

Lehi and his family, fleeing Jerusalem, and Laman and Lemuel, echoing the Israelites, saying that it would have been better for them to have died rather than suffer these new hardships.

And repeated in our own lives as well.  So often change comes into our lives, but instead of learning from it and choosing to grow and change and stick with God, we want to run back to the safe haven of the way it used to be... even if that old way wasn't good for us, or was holding us back from reaching our potential.  Change is scary.  Learning new things is hard.

If we turn back from our progress maybe we won't literally turn to salt... and who knows, maybe Lot's wife didn't literally either, but the end result was, and is, the same.  We calcify and harden and never change, holding on to the past so strongly that we can never grow or become who we need (or want) to be.  We stay unhappy or we tolerate our surroundings because it's too hard to overhaul our lives, and we end up stagnating, never becoming more than we are now.  ... And I think few of us are ready to face Judgment Day without at least a few tweaks. :)

Today, let's remember Lot's Wife, and stay far away from her example.  Let's move forward with faith and hope, trusting God that he will lead us by the hand and help us to be more, and better, and to learn to be part of a Zion community, where we help each other and lift each other up.

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