Don’t look back

Posted 6/11/21

Don’t you look back, please. “Ain’t nothing” back there. Yes, reflect on the goodness of the Lord or share a look-where-He-brought-me-from …

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Don’t look back


Don’t you look back, please. “Ain’t nothing” back there. Yes, reflect on the goodness of the Lord or share a look-where-He-brought-me-from testimonial. Otherwise, lets’ keep it moving, y’all.

Especially if it is something that the Lord has delivered you from, moving on is a decision. Let’s do that.

Genesis 19 describes the destruction of a sinful city called Sodom and Gomorrah. There was sin all around. There was homosexual conduct in the city (Gen 19:4, 5). Angels urged Lot to gather his family and flee in order to avoid the disaster: “Escape for your life. Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed” (Genesis 19:17). While fleeing, Lot’s wife “looked back” and was turned into a pillar of salt.

This narrative is tailored to teach us about the dangers of looking back, while trying to move forward. God has something ahead for you. Please don’t look back with regrets or curiosity. Life isn’t headed backwards. If you are looking backwards, you might miss what is in front of you. Don’t live in the past. Don’t return to things from which God has freed you.

There are other Scriptural references relative to looking back:

  • “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). There is hope. Look forward with faith.
  • In Philippians 3:13, the Apostle Paul spoke of forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things ahead. Of course, the final victory is the eternal reward.
  • Even in Luke 17:32, Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Remember what happened to her when she looked back. He cautioned believers to not look back at a falling world but to be focused on God’s delivering power.

Hit the brakes. Let’s stop, move the gearstick from reverse to drive, mash the gas and let’s go. Also, perhaps one has been in parked and neutral positions too long.

Shift the gear and drive.

Besides, looking in a rearview mirror is distorting. You might have a crash by continuously looking into it. Destiny is never found in a rear-view mirror.

A familiar statement is: “I’m like a shark. I only look forward.” Don’t look back.

Good old-fashioned advice: If you keep reading the same chapter, you’ll never move to the next chapter. Move on.

Prayer: We exalt Thee, O Lord. We open up our hearts to Your Word. Thanks for the work of the cross. We are neither covetous nor curious about looking back, but we stretch forward to the things which are before. We look unto You, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 2:2). We look forward to the finish line in this faith journey. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at


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