Don’t Look Back!
“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt”. –Gen 19:26
This scripture is a result of disobedience. The Lord was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He told Abraham His plan and why- the cities had become wicked with all sorts of sin. Abraham pleaded with God to spare the righteous of the cities and after much discussion, the Lord consented to save Lot and his family.
As Lot, his wife and two daughters fled, the angels of God specifically spoke to them and said “don’t look back and don’t stop or you will be swept away.” I’m sure there was quite a commotion of the cities being destroyed and Lot’s wife glanced back to quickly see what was happening and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt.
Now, I know my first instinct was “she just looked back as she was leaving” but what did the angles say? Don’t look back” or what? “You will be swept away”. It sounds like a very simple command that resulted in a life altering mistake. How many times in our lives do we get caught up in sin, repent and return to that sin? Sometimes subconsciously, sometimes unconsciously, but we do it. How many times in our lives have we heard the consequences, knew the penalty but continued in our sin? I know for me- too many to count or admit. We think “it’s no big deal” but there’s that nagging inner feeling (our conscience) that stops us just enough to truly know what we’re about to do is sin” and we dismiss it and continue.
If we know our sin, if we know our consequences, we should not be surprised in our judgment. We are warned, just as Lots’ wife was warned. It was simple, just don’t do it. Don’t look back and don’t hesitate. Just as death resulted for Lot’s wife, death can as easily come to us. Maybe not always in the physical sense, but we damage ourselves. When we sin as Christians and continue in that sin, we not only first and foremost disappoint God and damage our relationship with Him, but we also damage our witness to others both saved and unsaved. We are called to be “salt and light” but not the kind of salt Lot’s wife was turned into.
Let’s confess our sins, turn away from them, walk away- don’t stop and most importantly, don’t look back. Be focused on Christ and He will deliver us.