But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). This profound statement is all that was said about Lot's wife. Yet, there's a depth of knowledge that can be mined from this statement.
Her home was going to be destroyed. All her worldly possessions lost. All her friends - gone. There would be no more visiting such and such a place or seeing such and such a sight.
She had no reason to doubt that it would happen. She'd seen the power of the angels of God when they struck the men of the city with blindness. She knew that the promised destruction would come.
Yes, she was being asked to leave some things behind. But at the same time, she would have the chance of a new life. She was being offered the opportunity to live. To explore new surroundings. To worship and praise her Redeemer and Savior. To just enjoy being alive.
Mrs. Lot was only asked to do three things (Genesis 19:17-22 NLT):
Oh, how easy is it for us to judge her! She had the chance to be saved if only she would remain focused on what lay ahead instead of what was behind her.
But aren't we sometimes just like her? We are so focused on all that the world has to offer that we sometimes forget to leave the world behind us as we keep our eyes on Christ. We linger when we should walk. We look back at our pasts and what we are called to leave instead of looking forward to our reward.
Let's take a second and bring the story home to us:
Mrs. Lot had a very happy life. Her husband was wealthy and so she was able to acquire those things that she felt in need of: a nice car. A pretty house. Frequent shopping trips. A hairdresser, manicurist, and personal trainer on call.
Her children had gone to the best schools and had every opportunity that money can buy. There were smartphones, tablets and gadgets aplenty. But no time for God. There were no family devotions. No personal Bible study. No time for prayer. The Lots were too busy for God.
Maybe that doesn't quite represent your situation. Maybe there's no excess of material possessions but still there's a lack. A lack of time spent digging for treasure in God's word. A lack of time spent alone with God. There is no relationship with God. In fact, we don't even know who He is.
Can you relate? Do you have days when you're too busy to read your Bible? Days when it's difficult to take even five minutes to pray? Days when it seems you wake up in a hurry and rush through the entire day? Days when there's no peace. No joy. No connection.
I've had those days and I don't like them. I come to the end of days like that feeling burdened and exhausted. I'm so glad that my Savior invites me to take my troubles to Him and exchange it for His peace (Matthew 11:28).
I'm even more excited that God sent His Son to the world, not to condemn us, but that we should be saved (John 3:17).
We have to take the time to remember that this world is temporary and the things in it won't last forever. Just as we have to take time to build and maintain our relationship with God.
Maybe, we won't turn into a pillar of salt because we look longingly at what the world has to offer. Maybe we'll just lust after it until spiritual things appear distasteful and boring. But is being tangled up in this world worth losing the eternal life that the Father has to offer?
Father, there are times when I get drawn in by the temporary things that this life has to offer. I forget that this life is but for a short time. Help me to keep my eyes firmly fixed on Christ who gives me strength to make it through this life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Write out a short prayer asking for strength to hold on to Jesus.