We are not like those people who turn back and get destroyed. We will keep on having faith until we are saved. Hebrews 10:39 (CEV)

God’s judgment was imminent. Because of the prayers of one faithful servant of God,Lot’s family was miraculously led from ground zero just before destruction fell. In spite of the udder destruction behind them,Lot’s wife looks back. This wasn’t a casual observation like a freeway ‘rubber-necker’. This was a longing for the life she left behind, a longing for a lifestyle that was completely removed from God but all that she knew. Her longing to live in the past is what turned her into a pillar of salt.

The Israelites lived for over 400 years in a foreign land waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Not long into their journey of deliverance, they began to long for the familiarity ofEgypt. The pain of abuse, and the promise of better things ahead wasn’t enough to keep them from longing for their past.

Jesus walked the paths ofGalileehealing the sick, raising the dead, giving hope to the hopeless. The crowds followed him because of the hope he offered of physical life, political freedom and financial security. When his message turned to the pain and death he would suffer; when his message began to shed light on the pain that following him would bring into their lives, they began to fall off, not one by one, but by droves.

We still search for a God of convenience. A God that will grant our every need, make us comfortable in life, and provide for us in the ways WE seek. Our Heavenly Father isn’t a God of convenience. He isn’t a vending machine God that we can come to and choose our blessing. He has never, ever promised that in the midst of our deliverance there would not also be pain.

We are all on a journey. That journey takes us through many life-situations. Some pleasant, some not. But our God never intends for us to stay in one place. His desire is for us to move forward regardless of what lies ahead. Trust comes from a refusal to let life circumstances dictate our belief in a God who is passionately in love with us.

Don’t let your past confine your present. Those things in the past that are positive can be used to build a bright future. Those things in your past that are dark can be used to grow wiser. Whatever the case, never let your past be anything more than a stepping stone to a closer relationship with Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord God, I find myself longing for the good things you’ve done in my past and forgetting the things pain that brought me here. Help me learn from my past as I constantly look forward to a future you have planned for me. Let me never turn back from total faith in you. Amen.