Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Lot's Wife - Don't Look Back!

What do those two strange men think they are doing? We bring them into our home, and the men of Sodom try to mob them. But, those men struck them with blindness, then tell us that we must leave our home, possessions, and friends and flee, for Sodom's going to be destroyed - or so they say. I admit, Sodom isn't the most desirable town. The people there are perverted, yet I did have some friends. And, my daughters' betrothed are back there. Where will I find husbands for them now?

Wait... What's that sound? The screams - what's going on? I know that the men told us not to look back, but I must know what is happening. One peek really shouldn't hurt...

Not much is said about Lot's wife; we don't even know her name. Yet, an important lesson can be learned from her. We do know that she lived with her husband and daughters in Sodom, which was quite an evil place. Despite the wickedness, Lot apparently learned to tolerate the evil, and was even planning to marry his daughters to men of the city.

God however, was not pleased with Sodom and Gomorrah (another evil place) and decided to destroy them - unless He could find ten righteous people in them (Genesis 18:32). Ten, however, could not be found, and God sent two angels to get Abraham's relative, Lot, and his family out of the city before He judged it. Lot still hesitated after the warning, so the angels grabbed him and his family and led them out of the city (Genesis 19:16). Even then, Lot didn't want to flee to the place they'd been instructed to go. Genesis 19:12 says, "As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, 'Flee for you lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!'" Lot, however, got them to agree to let him go to a small town named Zoar instead.

As soon as Lot made it to Zoar, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, raining down burning sulfur on the cities. While this was happening, Lot's wife looked back, and became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). What she must have thought was such a trivial thing - looking to see what was happening despite the warning by the angels - had dire consequences.

Jesus used her as an example during one of His predictions about the end days. Luke 17:28-33 says, "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and reaping. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it."

God wants us to follow and obey Him wholeheartedly. He wants us to follow what He tells us to do, and not be concerned about mere possessions, or what we left behind. Luke 9:62 says, "Jesus replied, 'No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.'"

Friends, don't look back. Follow after God without holding back. Give Him your best, not your half-hearted second best. "Remember Lot's wife!" (Luke 17:32) and purpose to do all that God tells you to do. No, I don't think that God's turned many people into pillars of salt lately, but obey anyway. You will be blessed, and it will be well worth it in the end, when He says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Read all about Lot's wife in Genesis 19


Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Very good! We must not look back or regret obeying God.

Geneva said...

This post is just what I needed to read. When God says "Go", don't look back. My current situation would take too much space to write here in your comment section,but this Biblical insight is almost as if it were posted just for me. Thank you.

Anna Naomi said...

Welcome, Geneva. I'm glad you found our blog, and I'm glad that this post was able to minister to you. God bless!