Looking back at the past is often looked at as a negative thing, and one of the most prominent examples of this in the Bible is Lot’s wife.
Because she looked back on the life God had commanded her and her family to leave, she was turned into a pillar of salt. In other words, looking back destroyed her.
Flipping the coin though, that salt pillar became something Lot could look back on, and it’s something we can look back on as a reminder.
Confusing, isn’t it? Here is the difference. Lot’s wife looked back with the desire to go back, and when we look at the salt pillar, it reminds us why we shouldn’t go back.
The salt pillar is a memorial to remind us that the world holds no worth or value.
It’s essential for us to build memorials that remind us of our past so we don’t forget its influence on our future decisions.
Joshua 4:5–7 (KJV 1900): 5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever.
The stones are what remind us to keep fighting. They also remind us why we fight. However, the memorial was never intended to have us always looking to the past and wishing we could go back. They are simply to remind us to keep pushing forward.
The next thing we have to figure out is, “What the stones are in my life? Do I have any memorials set up in my life?”
Your memorials are crucial to your victory! Because when you are in darkness and the enemy is all around you, and you feel like you can’t make it–
That’s when you see that stone, and it reminds you of the past battles you may have fought. The memories of how dark and hard those battles were come flooding back. Now, because of that stone reminding you of that past victory, you are pushed to overcome again in the present.
A memorial can come from a voice from the past that had its eyes on the future. We see this with Joseph. Joseph knew what the promise was but he would never see it fulfilled in his life.
Gen 50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
So, Joseph became a reminder of the purpose that God had for them.
Exo 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
Remembering is so important. We can’t forget Joseph’s bones because they represent and remind us why we are here, and they remind us that we don’t belong here. We still have a purpose that we have yet to fulfill.
We need memorials in our life to remind us of our past victories and keep us on the right track.
So, take some time today and reflect on the memorials in your life.