Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!
- Luke 17:32
What a short, yet chilling verse. To me, it’s one of the most powerfully convicting verses in the Bible. Jesus points back to an iconic story where God rescued Lot and his family from an evil culture and, on the way out, Lot’s wife looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt. Something in her still wanted the old culture. She came out of the city but the city didn’t come out of her. She represents many Christians today. They have come out of the world through salvation, but the world has not yet come out of them.
That’s the battle we all face. God saves our souls, yet still we seem so entangled in the affairs, desires, and patterns of this world. Like Lot’s wife, we are often frozen in time between the old us and the new us God is trying to create. We must heed God’s cry to stop looking back. Set our lives on the Lord, and in a very literal sense, we need to be so on board with God that we are ready and willing to leave our country and culture at His call. When you get there, you’re finally all in. Then you just keep reminding yourself to never, ever look back.
Feeling stuck in the season you’re in? Where are your eyes pointing?