But [Lot's] wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. – Genesis 19:26
Sodom and Gomorrah has a past fittingly noted by historians, Christian and secular alike. We know well the stories of the extreme sexual immorality and impurity. We know well the story of Lot, how in his attempts to protect the angels, he offered up his daughters to the men of the town.
But before they lay down, the men of the city of Sodom, both young and old, all the men from every quarter, surrounded the house –Genesis 19:4
I can only imagine, as a wife and mother how I would have felt if an entire town of men were beating down my door to get to the men that my husband was harboring. Astounding shock cannot even begin to describe what would have gone through my mind if my husband, then offered my daughters to all of those men.
God, had sent these two angels, to warn Lot that He was about to annihilate the city. The warning was for one righteous man.
Can you imagine? How often are you crying out to God just to hear His voice? Do you find yourself looking for a sign from Him? Are you seeking confirmation? Don’t you think if two angels showed up at your door that you would be fairly convinced that God was speaking to you?
What about Lot’s wife? Who was this woman who wasn’t even named in the Bible? This one sentence about her is so revealing, yet so often overlooked.
Day in and day out this woman lived and raised her daughters in a city of extreme moral decay. To quote it directly according to God:
And the Lord said, Because the shriek [of the sins] of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is exceedingly grievous,21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether [as vilely and wickedly] as is the cry of it which has come to Me; and if not, I will know. – Genesis 18:20-21
Obviously, there was no exaggeration to the cry that went up before Him.
Lots wife lived among this raised daughters among this and was the wife of a righteous man among this. She survived what I can only imagine as a night of extreme shock and terror. She received not only the instruction of the Lord to flee, but in addition to Gods direction she was told why.
How often does God ask you to do something and tell you why He is asking you to do it? Not often on my end. He usually just asks for my obedience. But Lot’s wife was getting the full details beforehand. Amazing isn’t it? But it wasn’t enough for her.
Now the next morning, the angels seized Lot, his wife and two daughters by the hand, and set them outside the city, and told them to “Escape for your lives”.
Today’s Scripture says that Lot’s wife “Looked back from behind him”. This woman had experienced deliverance by God’s hand, and was seemingly, in all her actions, in her proper place: following behind her righteous husband.
But her heart was not in her actions and her heart betrayed her. She looked back. The actual translation of the word indicates she was gazing, lingering even longing.
My question is, for what? And how does this relate to Christianity today?
Is there a shriek of sins of today’s society going up before our God? Does He view it as exceedingly grievous? Will He look at us and say we have done as vilely and wickedly as they did?
The greater question is, will we be accounted as righteous as Lot or as his wife? Just think about it.
Are you placing one foot in front of the other, appearing righteous in your actions and position, following behind your Husband, Christ Jesus? Are you going to Church, involved in all the activities, apparently serving God in all the right ways?
What is in your heart?
Are you secretly longing for the things and ways of the world? Have you become so accustomed to its ways that you are now numb to the effects of the sin that surrounds you on a daily basis?
Has God taken you by the hand, set you outside of the city to deliver you from the coming destruction, only to find you with a divided heart?
Learn from Lot’s wife. It is all or nothing when it comes to the heart. God wants it all or it will come to nothing.
Jesus gave it all for His bride. It is through His righteous Blood we are saved. He held nothing back. Will you?
Follow your Righteous Husband with your whole heart. Give Him everything that you have. If temptation comes to lie and rob you, listen to the words of Jesus, Your Husband, as He was teaching the disciples.