The book of Genesis (19:1-29), tells the story of a righteous man named Lot, who was living in Sodom with his wife and family. The city was exceedingly sinful and plagued with homosexuality and greed.
Visiting angels had persuaded Lot to take his family and flee Sodom, as God was about to destroy it with fire and brimstone. While they were fleeing, his wife looked back and instantly became a pillar of salt. Great speculation and much supposition have been attributed to the mental state of Lot’s wife as to why she looked back. Some say she still had family remaining there. Some say she had close friends left to perish. Others say all of her earthly possessions which were destroyed weighed heavily on her mind. Whatever the reason we do not know, but one thing we do know is that she looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.
This should be a great lesson and warning to all Christians. The word of God tells us of the dangers of drawing back. The Hebrews writer says (10:38-39), “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Also 2 Peter 2:20-22 states, “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to know the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog has turned to its own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
Jesus, while speaking to certain men about the true cost of discipleship said in Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Lot’s wife was escaping from a city that was being destroyed because of corruption and worldly pleasures, to a place of safety. On her way, she decided to look back and she too was destroyed. As Christians who have obeyed the gospel of our Lord and Saviour and were added to His church (Acts 2:47), we are to give up earthly treasures so that we could gain that crown of eternal life. Paul, speaking to the Philippians said, “Brethren, I count myself not to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward unto those things which are ahead. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ (Philip 3:13-14).
At the end of all things, we are left with this warning from Jesus Christ, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Lk 17:32). Let us not look back to the pleasures of sin which only last a short time (Heb 11:25,26). Let us remain on that narrow path which leads to life eternal (Matt 7:13,14).