The day before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, two angels came to warn Lot and to urge him to get out of the city of Sodom with his family.
“With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished. When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.” As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” Genesis 19:15-17
After Lot’s plea with the angel about their final destination they moved on and began their new lives in the small city of Zoar. Their old lives were gone; they escaped with just their memories intact as God destroyed the wicked city. Lot and his daughters pressed on.
“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26
Why did she look back despite the angel’s clear warning? Was her heart so attached to everything she left behind in Sodom? A life of wealth, comfort and pleasure. Had some of the dark ways of Sodom found their way into her heart? I don’t know, but what is clear is that she chose her fate by choosing to disobey the angel’s warning. She was offered salvation, yet turned away from it. In doing so, Mrs. Lot became a pillar of unbelief.
I can’t tell you the number of times God would lead me away from my destructive lifestyle, only to turn back to it time and again. Jesus offered me life and I would turn back to sin. I knew my sin would lead to death, but I was full of pride. I wanted to be in control and do things my way. I didn’t believe God and I didn’t trust Him.
I deserved the same fate of Mrs. Lot. I deserved to die for my sins, “
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” Romans 2:8
But God loves us so completely.
His mercy, grace and love won my heart. The regret I began to have for my past lead me to repentance.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
I have a feeling Mrs. Lot wasn’t looking back with regret that leads to repentance, instead; I believe she was longing for what used to be. She left her heart in Sodom and it brought death.
What happened to Lot’s wife reminds us that this earth is not our home. God has planted eternity in our hearts. We need to encourage one another. Regardless of how it looks God is in control.
We are here now, to be salt and light in a world that needs us, and when the time is right, God will take us home. In The Purpose-Driven Life Rick Warren writes, “You were put on earth to make a contribution. You weren’t created just to consume resources—to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life. You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it. God wants you to give something back.”
What will you give back? Will you be the salt that seasons the world with the life giving love of Jesus? Or will you be a pillar of salt, a monument to regret and a reminder of what could have been?
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.