Don’t look back
Diana Kerr

Have you ever considered how much you have in common with Abraham’s nephew Lot and with his family’s escape from Sodom and Gomorrah? I’m guessing you haven’t. So let me pose a few questions:

How many times have you hesitated when God urged you to flee, to follow his lead elsewhere? Even when he’s doing it for your own good? “When [Lot] 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” (Genesis 19:16).

On top of your resistance, how many times have you tried to negotiate with God or convince him to change his plans like Lot did? “But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it?” (verses 19,20).

And then, when you’re finally on the run, turning your back on that thing you know you need to leave behind, how often do you look back with longing and sadness? “Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” (verse 26).

I’d rather be like Lot’s Uncle Abram instead. In Genesis 12, God tells Abram to pack up and move to a mystery destination. The next thing we read is, “So Abram went” (Genesis 12:4). No whining, resisting, or doubting. That’s God’s kind of obedience.


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