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Luke 17:31-33 On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.
Sadly though, Lot’s wife glances back toward home and is turned into a pillar of salt. She never sees her daughters grow up, nor does she grow old. Chaos claims her soul and body, peace and optimism.
Throughout this section of Luke, Jesus talks about what it means to be a disciple: To live simply and gratefully, to trust God, to keep from getting too attached to material wealth, and to be able to move quickly for the sake of the gospel.
Maybe Lot’s wife thinks she needs a minute to grieve, to take a tally of the good old days. But Jesus asks us to not look back, to move ahead. Give your life into his hands. Entrust your future to Jesus—for there, and only there—can we live in true security and peace.
MOVING FORWARD: Looking back is a hard habit to break. How can you look forward instead? What good things are you willing to pray and look for in your future?
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 17:11-37