But, Lot’s wife behind him turned and looked toward the cities. And she was changed into salt. -Genesis 19:26 NLV
Letting go of what you grow accustom to isn’t easy. Moving, switching careers, changing churches, or letting go of relationships, whether good or bad, can be heartbreaking. Many find it extremely difficult to release the old in order to embrace the new.
In Genesis chapter 19, the angels of the Lord warned Lot and his family of the sudden urgency to flee from the destruction about to take place. Lot hesitated, so the angels of the Lord grabbed his hand, and those of his family, and brought them out to safety.
During this crucial hour of escape, a messenger of the Lord warned Lot and his family not to look back as they fled for their lives. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife disobeyed. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Although the angels of the Lord led her out of the doomed city, her heart and mind were still back there.
Just like Lot’s wife, you might be struggling with letting go. You know God’s offering you something new, but you’re reluctant to let go. In Isaiah 43:19, “The Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Transition can be hard to accept and embrace even when you’re sure it is what God desires. Whatever, wherever, whomever, He is asking you to depart from, trust that the Lord has better in mind for you! As you let go, don’t look back! Then watch how God blesses you in the present and the future for your obedience.
- Pray that God would reveal to you what “former things” He wants you to release so you can freely move on with Him.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you let go and forget the former things so you can happily embrace the new things God is seeking to do.