But Lot’s wife looked back longingly and was turned into a pillar of salt.Genesis 19:26
Lot’s wife lived with her family in the city of Sodom. The lifestyle of the Sodomites got so evil that God determined to utterly destroy Sodom and the nearby city, Gomorrah. God, however, listened to Lot’s plea for mercy and sent angels to evacuate him and his family before the destruction hit Sodom and Gomorrah.
Lot’s wife did not want to leave, and while she was eventually convinced to depart, she longingly looked back. Her glance back was not one of curiosity but of disobedient hesitation. She didn’t want to leave the evil she had known in Sodom. Consequently, she was consumed along with the wicked people of Sodom.
Often, God offers us the opportunity to escape evil and follow Him, but taking the escape route means leaving a familiar lifestyle. Regret, fear of moving on, and longing for the comfort we once loved, tempt us to look back longingly. However, when God calls, we must embrace Him, His ways, and the journey He calls us to. We will only be able to successfully do this if we value Him as our foremost treasure.
As Jesus told His followers, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). “The image which our Lord used was, as usual, one that went home to the personal experience of His hearers. They were of the peasant class, and they knew that the eye of the plowman, if he is to do his work well, must look straight before him at the line of the furrow which he is making. To look back, while working, is to mar the work entirely. The man who so looks is, therefore, ipso facto, disqualified for the work of God’s kingdom.” (Ellicott’s Commentary)
When we move forward with Jesus, we can be confident that we are following the One who knows the way to an abundant, satisfying life. Let’s not be double-minded like Lot’s wife and allow our heart to hesitate regarding the things of God. He loves you and me, and with the new birth He has given, we are equipped to love and value Him above all secondary created things.
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