There are serious consequences to looking back. A Sunday School teacher described to some children how Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, which caught the attention of a little boy in her class. He raised his hand and said, “Oh, that’s nothing. My mother looked back once while she was driving, and she turned into a telephone pole.”

An ungodly person is someone who looks back because his heart is divided. This person hears the preaching of God’s Word, but doesn’t deal with weeds of sin in his life. At first, the Word may bring conviction and produce fruit. This person might get involved in a ministry at his church and appear to make real spiritual progress. But then it all comes to a stop. The person is never heard from again. What happened? He looked back, and the cares of life choked out the good fruit he had.

We need to be careful about the desires we hold inside our hearts. If they are at odds with what God’s Word says, then they will become distractions and weights which pull us in the wrong direction and cause us to look back. It’s hard to move forward when we are looking backwards. We cannot have a steady life before God and others when we do this. A wise Christian will uproot the weeds and feed the seeds of truth in his heart.

I would hate to turn into a pillar of salt because I looked back — or would turning into a telephone pole be worse? One thing I never want to do is turn into an ineffective Christian. Have you taken stock of the pursuits of your heart? Make a list of five things you desire the most, and number each item from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most spiritual and 1 being the least spiritual. How is each item affecting your commitment to Christ? Root out the weeds and feed the seeds, and you won’t want to look back.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder