Unbelief and faithlessness!
Verse for Today: Monday, February 18, 2013
Genesis 19:26 – But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
God’s call is always to go forward. God pulls us back from wrong ways and puts us on the right track so that we can go forward. When we are in wrong places, His Spirit will speak to us about the need to get out. There were ample opportunities for Lot’s family to get back to Hebron and have fellowship with God and His servant Abraham. But they refused to get out of Sodom because the wealth and the comfort zones of Sodom were so compelling and tempting. Still God gave them one last chance to get out of Sodom and its imminent destruction. God’s angels pulled them out by their hands and put them on a safe track towards a mountain for refuge. God instructed them that they should not look back at what God wanted them to leave behind. But Lot’s wife had her heart tangled in the web of fortunes of Sodom. She couldn’t take her heart with her as she got out. God was not pleased with such double minded attitude when her heart was in Sodom while she was physically out. God wanted her to have faith in Him alone and in what He will be able to provide for them. Had Lot’s wife ran forward without looking back, the grievous sins of her daughters would have been avoided. She had to pay the heaviest price for her unbelief and stark disobedience. She stands as a warning about the consequence of disobedience and faithlessness. God makes it abundantly clear that without faith we cannot please Him no matter what else we do. Today He asks us to take a hard look at the pillars of faithlessness in our lives and become fearful about the awesomeness of our God and His call for obedience.
Dear reader, are there salt pillars in your life track which speak loudly about your lack of faith? How many times have you looked back to the things in this world that you have left behind by faith? How many times have you forsaken the commandments of the Lord to leave behind the world and its pleasures, prestige, prominence, possessions and popularity? As we live in the age of grace, we still have the privilege to settle matters with our Lord. But we must realize that the opportunities we have lost are lost forever and will not come back to us again. Still God in His mercy and benevolence will give us new opportunities if our confession and repentance are genuine and transparent. Until the door of grace is shut by the Lord Himself, He will pardon our unbelief and faithlessness. Calvary can still cover our sins of faithlessness and unbelief and open doors to walk into newer pathways of faith to please Him. In His infinite mercy, God might still reduce the heavy price one has to pay for disobedience in the past. If you confess your faithlessness, He will wash you with His Word and fill you with His Spirit to enable you to walk the royal mile of the King of your life. Let us take a hard look at all the salt pillars of our lives and ask the Lord to dismantle it in His infinite grace and give us newer tracks of faith. He wants us to confess to Him that His is the only track of true blessing, lasting peace and rest. When we thus follow the path of faith, our Lord will go before us and meet all our needs. He will give us the strength to climb the mountains, as in the case of Caleb, and establish towers of faith and trust in our lives for others as signboards to guide them on the forward path.
Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Thought for Today
If we fix our eyes and hearts on Jesus, we would be able to overcome the temptation to look back or retract.
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