Leaving The Familiar Behind

Genesis 19

1 It was evening when the two angels came to Sodom. Lot was sitting at Sodom’s [city] gate. Seeing them, Lot rose up to meet them and bowed to the ground.

And he said, My lords, turn aside, I beg of you, into your servant’s house and spend the night and bathe your feet. Then you can arise early and go on your way. But they said, No, we will spend the night in the square.

But before they lay down, the men of the city of Sodom, both young and old, all the men from every quarter, surrounded the house.

And they called to Lot and said, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know (be intimate with) them.

17 And when they had brought them forth, they said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you or stop anywhere in the whole valley; escape to the mountains [of Moab], lest you be consumed.

24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of the heavens.

25 He overthrew, destroyed, and ended those cities, and all the valley and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

26 But [Lot’s] wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Lots wife was very used to being amongst the horror that was happening in Sodom and Gomorrah to the point where it blinded her from seeing that things could be better. She got so comfortable with her surrounding that she didn’t want to leave. 

She knew what her city was like. She and her family received an angelic visitation that was going to change their life. A visit that was going to save them from the destruction that was coming upon their city. 

The angels were kind enough to lead them to the gate of the city so they could escape before the destruction of the city began. Despite getting to the beginning of her safety, she couldn’t help but lurk at what she was leaving. Even after getting the help and the amazing opportunity to escape destruction, Lot’s wife was still enticed to the familiar. Probably this was because she wasn’t sure of what was ahead.

Is this sounding like a story you know? Well for me it makes a lot of sense. We get so used to the known that we hold unto it even when God has told us clearly to let go. We rather want to stay in that relationship that keeps us battered and abused instead of stepping into the world of the unknown. We would rather stay in that job that robs us of everything else in life. The job that we really do not like. We know it is silently killing us but we are just so used to it. We don’t know what is out there so we would rather stay in the known.

Lot’s wife lost her destiny, her family and her life because she refused to leave her comfort zone. God told Abram to leave his known and leap into the unknown (Genesis 13:1). He obeyed the instruction and that was how he broke forth. I am very sure if he had stayed and remained in his comfort zone, his story would have ended differently. You might say but i don’t know where i am going. The thing is that God won’t give you a second instruction if you haven’t obeyed the first. So if He has told you to leave, leave. He knows the end from the beginning and He sees and knows what you don’t see or know.

Sometimes, the known might be sweet and good unlike that of Lot’s wife. It might not make sense why you should leave. However God knows best. Is best to truth His judgement about every area of our lives.

Lot’s wife was too selfish to release her present. She held it so much so that she couldn’t grab her future. The sad thing about her story is that she escaped the calamity but still died outside as a result of disobedience.

You have left that ungodly relationship but you are still holding on to their coontacts. And they text you or you text them when you are lonely. You aren’t there anymore but you are still there. You are lurking into their social media pages to see if they have moved on and what their life now looks like. Stop lurking and move ahead. Your blessing is ahead. Your glory is in front of you not behind. God has a reason for putting our eyes in the front and not the back of our head. We are supposed to keep looking forward. What is ahead can only be enjoyed fully when we dive into it fully. Let it go. Loose your grip on it. That event has defined you for so long and it’s about time you listened to God. Go and keep going forward. Always remember Lot’s wife.


6 thoughts on “Leaving The Familiar Behind

  1. Excellent post, Efua! “Your blessing is ahead. Your glory is in front of you not behind. God has a reason for putting our eyes in the front and not the back of our head. We are supposed to keep looking forward.” Thank you. I needed this. God bless you.

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  2. God won’t give you a second instruction if you haven’t obeyed the first. So if He has told you to leave, leave. He knows the end from the beginning and He sees and knows what you don’t see or know.
    Love it . Listen and obey God 🙏🏾

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