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
In recent years, some archeologists have announced their belief that they unearthed the foundations of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the remains of what was once a highly fortified city, they discovered burned bricks, melted pottery, and disfigured skeletons.
Though not all Bible scholars and archaeology enthusiasts agree on Sodom’s location, all concur that the once-thriving city incurred God’s wrath and brought about its own doom.
Abraham’s nephew, Lot, lived in Sodom. God warned him, “Run! Don’t look back.”
Lot and his daughters obeyed.
But Lot’s wife did not.
Lot’s wife started the journey, but didn’t commit to God’s plan. Instead of turning away from the city of sin, she turned back toward it. She paid for her disobedience to God with her life.
Is a city of sin in your past? Old flings, bad habits, destructive thought processes? Run toward Jesus! Don’t stop to grasp for one false gem or to take one lusty glance. Don’t give sin a foothold.
You have been saved. You’re in the midst of a race and on your way to safer ground. Keep running, and don’t look back!
“Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 NLT), Jesus warns. “Remember Lot’s wife!”
Help me to remember the fate of Lot’s wife. Help me to turn away from the sin of the world and run to You, never wishing to return to where I’ve been. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.