Our Pillar of Salt
From the time of the Garden of Eden, mankind has continued to inherit a sinful nature. Scripture shows us in Genesis 1:26 that ADAM was created in the ‘image and likeness’ of God. Genesis 5:3 goes on to show us that Adam had a son in his (Adam’s) image and likeness. We descend from the lineage of Adam.
The sinful nature passed down from Adam to us today (and the one which we continue to procreate), can be likened to a car engine which drives a car in a certain way. Despite modifications being made to the engine, the car still moves the same way. The only way to drive that car differently would be to replace the engine completely.
It is little wonder then that mankind has survived for centuries but the world is no better morally than it was from the time of fallen Adam. Irrespective of culture, race or government, the nature of mankind continues to seek its own desires, not caring what others think or feel. Human (Adam) nature drives mankind in its quest for success.
As we look around in our sphere of life today, do we truly see the traits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness and faithfulness in the lives of others? The reason we only see these characteristics in small pockets of people is because the ‘engine’ of mankind needs to be changed in order for the ‘car’ to be driven differently.
In the scripture of Ezekiel 36:26, the Lord tells His people that He will take out their heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. This heart ‘transplant’ took place on the cross when Jesus died for us. Not only were our sins forgiven and wiped out, but the scripture of Romans 6:1-6 shows that our sinful NATURE died and was buried with Him as well! It goes on to say…. “(this) so that you should no longer be a slave to sin!”
There is no doubt that Jesus came to this world to restore all that was lost in the Garden of Eden. We are part of that redemptive plan should we decide to accept the free gift of salvation that God has offered to each and every human being.
As we accept this wonderful gift God goes about an amazing work of restoration in our personal lives. He really desires to give us a new nature with new desires. A nature that starts to put others before itself. A nature that desires to learn more about Him and become more like Him. He places His Spirit within us.
The Lord promises to make a new life for us. As this work of restoration begins and we notice positive changes in our lives, we often will desire to keep parts of our old life alive – mostly out of a fear of change. Change in our lives requires that we trust the Lord.
Sometimes we will think the changes are not right, and are leading us in the wrong direction. The truth is: God knows better – we just need to trust Him and believe He will lead us onto the right path.
As He leads us onto right paths, we may begin to fear. It’s at this point we desire to go back to our old ways or situations for security – it’s at that point we ‘turn into a pillar of salt’. The same happened to Lots wife (Gen.19:26).
Looking back into a past situation will cause us to become bound by it and will hinder the work the Lord wants to do in us. As we dwell on past negative situations, our minds are occupied by the thoughts, emotions and sorrows of that time. We are consumed and trapped – just like a pillar of salt.
The Lord is saying to us, “I want to give you a wonderful new life with new hope and new promise – why do you continue to ‘look back’ and long for things of the past?”
From today let’s look forward to what the Lord is going to do in our lives. Let’s not dwell on the negatives of the past and allow them to consume us. God has forgiven us of our past transgressions – what a wonderful thought!
Let’s be free of our ‘pillar of salt’ and walk in the newness of life, because that’s what He’s has intended for us!
From: “time with the Master…”