Fresh Hope – 22nd July 2017

A teacher was teaching her class one day about Lot’s wife. “The Bible says that Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt,” she said. One child responded, “that’s nothing, my Mom was driving home yesterday and she looked back and turned into a lamppost.”

Lot’s wife only appears briefly in one part of the Bible, so why does Jesus tell us to remember her? Two reasons:

1) She invested her life in something that had no future. God tried to get Lot’s wife out of Sodom, but He couldn’t get Sodom out of her. When she thought of what she was leaving behind, she looked back and turned into a cold, unresponsive monument. When God says it’s time to move, don’t hesitate. Don’t become like those who once walked with him, but now are cold and unresponsive. Don’t become a monument to the past.

2) Your decisions have consequences. If only she’d kept moving forward so that when her daughters got to the place ahead of her, she would’ve been there to protect them. Instead, they became victims of abuse and incest. Before you lose your children, poison your marriage and tear up your life by refusing to break with your past…’remember Lot’s wife’. She didn’t make it to safety, but she did make it into the Bible long enough to warn us about three things: a) Complacency b) involvement with wrong things and c) a divided heart.

Remember…memories take us back, dreams take us forwards.

Luke 17:32-33 Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.

Pastor Mark

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