Second Thoughts?

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.”

There is a point in everyone’s life that we question whether or not we made the right choice.

Whether it be an investment, a purchase, or a relationship, we come to a place where the current situation and circumstance challenge the decision and cause us to regret, even to reverse our decision. 

Lot, Abraham’s nephew, chose to follow Abram (not yet Abraham), from Ur of the Chaldees into Canaan. As the Lord blessed them both, it became clear that they could no longer travel together. Abram put forth the choice for Lot to choose wherever he desired to set up camp.

Lot chose the well-watered plains of Jordan facing Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Being close to and having to do business with the people of Sodom, he was exposed to their wickedness.

Lot seemed to have enough character to not participate in their folly but exposed his family to their wickedness. When it came time to leave, they all wanted to stay, except two young daughters and his wife.

The messengers that came to Lot that night hurried them to leave before God’s judgment would fall upon the city. As they left, they were given explicit instructions not to look back.

Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”

Jesus brought this real-life lesson to the disciples to remind them of the consequences of having second thoughts and looking back. His statement was to bring home the truth of what He said next.

Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

I could have title today’s blog “All In.”

Often, when we are challenged to give our all, we provide a certain amount of what we are comfortable with and leave the rest to someone more dedicated than ourselves. Others are enticed by what they may have to give up.

The world and its pleasures have a particular hold on our flesh. God’s Word tells us to deny those feelings and hold only to Christ.

Matthew 16:24-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Titus, in his general epistle, admonishes us:

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world

Soberly, righteously, and godly attributes sorely needed to be seen in God’s children today.

Our enemy parades before us all things that may entice us. In so doing, he watches to see what may catch our eye and then find the right time to apply pressure to get us to desire things ungodly, unrighteous things, and things that may lead to those things.

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

James identifies for us the path of every man’s sin. Being drawn away and lusting after something is not sinful in and of itself. But by the time we reach this point, we are already weak and heading in the wrong direction.

It is then, Satan turns up the temptation and speaks to hearts of the pleasures and things we might miss if we don’t imbibe.

The psalmist, Asaph, describes for us in Psalm 73 the perspective that brought him to envy the wicked. He saw the wicked prosper and seemingly, without consequence. His own trials and tribulations caused him to ask, “Why me?”

As he continues his thought process, we see the key to our dilemma. 

Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”

The power and presence of God can clear the fog of our minds and clear a path to right thinking. Lot placed himself in temptation’s way, thinking he was strong enough to resist.

Even though he, himself, may not have taken part in any of Sodom’s wickedness, the collateral damage that devastated his family is placed squarely at Lot’s feet for what he exposed them to.

We must remember Lot’s wife. 

Jesus told us as much. 

We cannot have second thoughts. 

We cannot look back. 

We must set our face like flint to the path before us and follow on.

We carry with us the promise that our Heavenly Father will never leave us nor forsake us. His grace is sufficient for our every need.

Taking up those second thoughts that lead to sin must be attacked with scripture. It begins with the motivation to want to be right and stay right.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Weakness must not open the door to temptation. We need to set up barriers to those things to which our hearts are partial. It must be a defense mechanism we keep before us to stay on the right path.

Satan began in the garden to tempt man. He caused Eve to have second thoughts about God’s clear command. The devil cannot MAKE you and I sin. He can press hard when we are weak to give in to our sin.

Every action we take begins first in our minds. Control it there, and we will experience more success. 

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