Monday, December 31, 2012

Don't Look Back

"Lot's Wife" Salt Pillar

Don’t look back
To all you’ve left
In the world;
It’s all a mess.

God will come
To smite the ones,
Who stayed to sin
And did not run.

You don’t want
To be a part
Of His wrath,
When it starts!

So don’t look back.
Keep looking toward
The prize ahead,
And Christ your Lord.

Keep your eyes
Upon that goal
To win the race;
Then you’ll be whole.

Tucked away
In Jesus’ arms,
You will be safe
And kept from harm.

Don’t look back
And think that’s fine,
Because God has
Surely drawn the line.

You’re safe as long
As both your eyes
Are fixed on Truth
And not on lies

Fixed upon
Christ’s lovely face
You’ll press on
With strength and grace

Pressing on
Straight to the place
Where God said you
Would be kept safe

-- Charity, girl, age 14

This poem is based on the true biblical account of when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, as recorded in Genesis 19. "Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt." (Gen 19:24-26).  The photo is a geological formation overlooking the Dead Sea, called Lot's Wife (from Wikimedia Commons).  

But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luk 9:62)

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire." (2Pe 2:20-22)

More children's poems:

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fourteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness.I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. Also see my blogs called "Drifting Away" and "Pressing on Toward the Goal." You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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