Are you looking back regretfully, as did Lot's wife, to that which is in the past? Are you mentally becoming a pillar of salt in your efforts to cling to times gone by? The narrative of Lot's wife, to be found in the nineteenth chapter of Genesis, is a warning to all of us. Foretelling the coming of the Son of man and the need for us on that day to be unencumbered by materiality, Jesus said (Luke 17:32), "Remember Lot's wife." This admonition should be our protection against regretting what is past.

To satisfy our desire for happiness and security today and always, we must daily look not behind, but to God for all good. This can be done in the measure that we understand God. Spirit, as All and man as the child of God, spiritual and perfect. The perfection of God and man is a present actuality.

When Jesus said (Matt. 16:23), "Get thee behind me, Satan," well did he realize that it was necessary for Peter to cast into oblivion everything that was offensive, that did not savor of God. He knew that all that is real is perfect and immortal, and consequently is present now to bless us. The Preacher's words illustrate this (Eccl. 3:15): "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past." Is not this Scriptural assurance that God, good, is with us always? Inasmuch as man is made in the image and likeness of God, as Genesis tells us, we know that as we maintain in consciousness that perfection we shall express health, happiness, and security always.

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