by Heather Tietz
“Remember Lot’s wife!” The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. But Lot’s wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Luke 17:32 Genesis 19:26
About eighteen years ago archeologists believe they unearthed the foundations of Sodom and Gomorrah. Other than a few ziggurat structures, all evidence of buildings have vanished.
Instead of the typical things found in ancient cities, like bones, pottery and tile, archeologists have excavated brimstone and ash, evidence that both cities literally went up in smoke.
Abraham’s nephew Lot was living in Sodom at the time. God warned him, “Obey this command, and you will be saved. Run! Don’t look back.” Lot and his daughters obeyed. Off to the nearby city Zoar, they ran.
But Lot’s wife, did not. Perhaps it was curiosity, or a little pause to rescue treasure, or maybe simply a moment to reminisce. Whatever it was, Lot’s wife wasn’t fully charged with God’s plan. She started the journey, but didn’t commit. She was close, but not complete, almost, but not fully.
Do you have a city of sin in your past, an old fling, a bad habit, a destructive thought process? Are you running the race, heading toward Heaven, following at Jesus’ heels? Then don’t look longingly back.
Don’t stop for one taste, to grasp for one false gem, to take one lusty glance. Don’t. Don’t give sin a foothold. You’ve been saved.
You know the right road. You’re in the midst of a race and on your way to safer ground. Keep running, and don’t look back! So, Jesus said, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 NLT).