Genesis 19: 15And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
There isn’t much written about Lot’s wife in the Bible. Just that the angels told Lot to get his wife and daughters and leave Sodom and that she looked back and became a pillar of salt. We don’t know her name or her history. Was Lot married to her prior to going to Sodom or did he meet her in Sodom? There was no mention of a wife when Lot sojourned with Abraham. So I’m going to go two ways with this blog.
First Scenario…. Lot met his wife in Sodom. She grew up there, had family there. She married Lot and raised their children in Sodom. Sodom is what she knew. She knew of nothing outside of Sodom. Sodom was her home. She was accustomed to the lifestyle of Sodom. Did she partake in the activities that were taking place, or condone the behavior…probably not. But do we condone in the behaviors and activities that goes on in our home town. I can safely say, no. Just being from Sodom she was a product of her environment. She was used to the way of life Sodom provided.
Second Scenario….She was married to lot prior to going to Sodom. Again, women we are the weaker vessel. Satan knows who to attack in the family. Now there are times when a woman is more grounded in her walk with God than her husband, but often times it’s the man leading the family. Satan didn’t attack all at once. He planted little seeds here or there there, putting holes in Lot’s wife’s armor. She didn’t notice she was slowly becoming a product of her environment until she was told to leave and not look back. She eventually began to accept the things that was going on around her, it wasn’t as offensive as before. It was the way things were in Sodom. She allowed Lot to take her hand and lead her and their children away from Sodom, but she allowed what she was losing to make her look back. What was she losing, possibly family, especially if she was from Sodom, friends, material things….we don’t know. She may have thought just one more look and I’ll go, but doing so she went against the very command of God.
So many times we seek a move of God. Seek His direction, but are we really ready to take that step. Have we become a product of our environment? If God tells us to go, will we get up and leave what we know for the unknown? That is what Lot’s wife was doing. She knew Sodom (either by being raised there or adapting to the lifestyle), she didn’t know what was in store for her or her family outside of Sodom. Can we keep our eyes on what lies before us rather than what we are leaving behind?
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. Luke 17: 29-37 KJV
The above passage of scriptures talks about the the coming of the Lord. What greater promise than His coming can lay before us? Many people will be distracted with the things of this world, looking back at what they are leaving behind. What about our family, friends, what about the things we hold dear?
Even in our walk with God, He will direct us to leave what we know for the unknown. When that happens, and we find ourselves walking away from all we know and that urge to look back over take us, stop, breath and remember Lot’s wife.