"But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt." - Genesis 19:26
"On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot's wife." - Luke 17:31-32
Lot, whom the Bible calls a righteous man, lived in a wicked city, one so wicked that God finally had to wipe it out four hundred years before He judged the rest of the Amorites. By the prayers of his uncle Abraham, Lot’s life was spared. God sent the angels who were charged with the destruction of the city to first remove him and his family. But even as they fled the city, Lot’s wife stopped to look back longingly on the home she was leaving behind, and was overtaken in the judgment of the city.
The Lord Jesus reminds us of her as He describes the times of the end, that our hearts should not cling too closely to the things of this world. Flee to Jesus; don’t look back longingly at the life you’re leaving behind and the sinful pleasures it offers. Leave it with no regrets.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” (Revelation 18:4-5) Make a clean break with sin. The pleasures this World offers are nothing compared to what Heaven has in store for you. You will find that even the life you live now in fellowship with God, fulfilling His plan for you, is incomparably much better than anything that sin can offer. Leave it behind; don’t look back!
Lord Jesus, keep my eyes on You, on Your forgiveness and Your promises; on the Home prepared for me in Heaven. Deliver me from the sin that clings so closely and hold me close today as I walk with You. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles