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 have grown accustomed to isn’t easy. Moving, switching careers, changing churches, or letting go of relationships, whether good or bad, can be heartbreaking.
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. During this crucial hour of escape, a messenger of the Lord warned Lot and his family not to look back. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife disobeyed. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Although the Lord’s angels led her away from doom, her heart and mind remained there.
Just like Lot’s wife, you might be struggling with letting go. You know God is offering you something new, but you’re reluctant to let go of the old. Isaiah 43:18 (NIV), 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! Move onward, as God directs, and watch Him bless your obedience.
- Pray that God will reveal to you what “former things” He wants you to release so you can freely move ahead with Him.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you let go of the old things so you can embrace the new things God is seeking to do in your life.