We speak about the good old days, were they really that good? Or are we looking back through rose-colored glasses?
Remember the Israelites right after they left Egypt? God had just brought them out with a mighty display of His power and completely eliminated any future threats from Egypt. Egypt was devastated economically, politically (Pharaoh had drowned), emotionally (loss of the first born), and in defense (the army, chariots and horses had drowned).
The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt, they were property with no income, no rights, and no privileges, yet when they ran into difficulties in the wilderness they spoke longingly of their life in Egypt and wanted to return. Talk about being delusional!
But aren’t we like that when we talk about the good old days; “the fun I had before I became a believer,” “the relationships I had,” “the parties,” and the list goes on.
Are we seriously saying that what the devil has to offer is superior to what God has provided? That our past life of promiscuity, over indulgence, godlessness and hopelessness is something to be homesick for?
We must quit looking back, you cannot successfully drive forward constantly looking into the rear view mirror, you will be an accident waiting to happen.
Paul the apostle said this about those listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11
Now those people who talk as they did show plainly that they are in search of a fatherland (their own country).
15 If they had been thinking with [homesick] remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it.
16 But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:14-16 (AMPC)
Contrast this with Lot’s wife
When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot [to hurry], saying, “Get up! Take your wife and two daughters who are here [and go], or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But Lot hesitated and lingered. The men took hold of his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, because the LORD was merciful to him [for Abraham’s sake]; and they brought him out, and left him outside the city [with his family]. 17 When they had brought them outside, one [of the angels] said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, or stop anywhere in the entire valley; escape to the mountains [of Moab], or you will be consumed and swept away.”
23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained down brimstone (flaming sulfur) and fire on Sodom and on Gomorrah from the LORD out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew (demolished, ended) those cities, and the entire valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground. 26 But Lot’s wife, from behind him, [foolishly, longingly] looked [back toward Sodom in an act of disobedience], and she [d]became a pillar of salt.
Genesis 19:15-17, 23-16 AMP
The Elders in the faith kept their eyes on the prize, they did not waste their thought lives on nostalgic reflections of their past because they knew if they did, they would have gone back. Lot’s wife on the other hand looked longingly back and was destroyed.
How many times have we looked back longingly at that person, habit, sin or thing we had been delivered from until one day we looked up and realized we were right back where we started?
To be successful in our race as believers, we must forget those things which are behind and press on. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith
We have set our hands to the plough and will not look back. We are not of those that draw back unto perdition but of those that believe to the saving of our souls.
Remember Lot’s wife!