“Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”Genesis 19:24-26
We offer an addictions ministry at our church and we meet people from all walks of life. People attend for a myriad of reasons, and I am often reminded of the damage sin brings. Sin brings harsh consequences and sin destroys families and lives. The result of sin never ends well, and the Bible warns us that it leads to death. We can think what we want, but the truth is, sin always has grave consequences.
I have heard some at this addictions ministry talk about their past sins and glamorize them. They look back with fondness at their previous struggles and sinful ways and they make you wonder that if they had a choice, they would run back to them. I am sure some can relate to this ‘rose colored glasses’ perspective as we often look back and think we were faster, stronger, more successful, happier, and better looking than we really were. I would say the same of myself, but the yearbooks I posses still tell my sad tale. Nothing good comes from glamorizing our past sinful life as sinful choices bring destruction.
We tend to look back on our sinful past and forget what we have been saved from. We want to reach back into our sin and play with it as if it was something harmless. We hate to turn our backs on it and we think it actually did us some good. We forget the pit we were in and long for it as if it was a pleasant memory. The angels warned Lot and his family in Genesis 19:17, “And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad (outside the city), that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed (destroyed).” When we look back, we are often tempted to turn back and we forget the destruction that is at hand. Genesis 19:16b reminds us of God‘s mercy, “The LORD being merciful unto him: and they (the angels) brought him forth, and set him without (outside) the city.” The LORD was also merciful to us and delivered us from the slavery of sin, but yet we are so apt to turn back to it just as Lot’s wife did.
Do you glamorize your past sinful life? Do you speak more of what you used to be than what God does in your life now? Are you tempted to turn back to your former path instead of following God in what He desires for you? God will one day destroy all that is evil and wicked, and we must be careful to not look back with fondness on that which we should be dead to. Romans 6:1-2 states, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” May God help us to flee from the coming destruction and may we turn to Him and that which is eternal.