We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. – Numbers 11:5
The Hebrew word used in Genesis for “look back” does not mean glancing over your shoulder, but rather, paying attention to, looking wistfully, with yearning.
Two examples of looking back both with serious consequences can be found in
Children of Israel: Numbers 11:5
Lot’s wife: Genesis 19:17
The trouble with nostalgia and why it can be such a challenge to the life of faith, is that it is not usually real or true. “Back in the day” in hind sight always looks better than it actually was.
But looking back also distorts your vision and can have deadly consequences when it causes our focus to be on our desires and circumstances instead of God.
Luke ominously warns of this in his encouragement to be ready when the Lord returns, “Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32).
Jesus himself warned those who would follow Him to “count the cost”, because once they become his disciples, they must never look back. (Luke 9:62).
Are things difficult, not what you planned? Old temptations, lifestyles calling out to you? Finding your thoughts focused on, comparing then to now? Are you thinking about giving up, turning back?
Before you do, before you give in, take a minute to think about how far you have come.
The journey from slavery, to sin, to freedom is about the life in front of us, not behind us. And the best of all times is yet to come!
Keith Green “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt”