But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 (NKJV)
Looking back is all it took to change Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. This does seem to be a harsh penalty, but looking back will prevent looking forward. If we do not see a future in our mind, we will never move forward.
The Bible was originally in two languages, Greek, and Hebrew. It has since, been translated into several languages so we can read it in our native tongue. The Old Testament, written before the time of Jesus, was in Hebrew. The New Testament was originally in Greek. The verse at the top comes from Hebrew.
In the Scripture above, the English word, “looked”, comes from the Hebrew word, “naw-bat’”. According to the Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew words *, this word means, “to look intently at---by implication to regard with favor or care”. It seems that Lot’s wife did not want to leave her past behind.
While I studied the verse above, I pictured in my mind, Lot’s wife looking back towards the city. As I pondered this, another Hebrew word came to mind; the word, “kaw-lal’”. This word means the exact opposite of what Lot’s wife did. Kaw-lal’* means, “to make light---to give no attention”. In Scripture, this word is often translated to the English word, “curse”.
Coming from a past of horrible mistakes, this message is powerful to me. I have had to curse my old life. I give no attention to the old me before Christ---what I was has now become meaningless. I give attention to my new life in Christ. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
That is not all. When Jesus made us a new creation, he imparted us with wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30). Maybe God has given you a dream. As you meditate on God’s promises, and the dream God has given you, the wisdom of God will flow into your ideas. What you give attention to will be your blessing.
Forget your past---your future is wonderful. God wants to use you for something. If you do not have a dream yet, focus on your future with God---He will give you a dream!
* Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by JAMES STRONG, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s numbers, naw-bat’-H5027, kaw-lal’-H7043