“But Lot’s wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26 Amplified
We’ve all heard the story of Lot’s wife turning to a pillar of salt. As a woman of the Bible what can we learn from her?
We really need to start at the beginning with this story. In Genesis 13:5-13 Lot and Abraham part company because the land was not able to support them both and there was strife between their flocks and families. Lot chose the Jordan Valley, it was well watered and like the garden of the Lord, so he moved his tent near Sodom. The Word describes Sodom as a very wicked place.
I’m sure when Lot chose to move near Sodom he felt confident he wouldn’t follow the wickedness that the men did there. We might all feel like we would be able to live near wickedness, but not be involved in it. When you do that though, you’re playing with fire.
The Lord sends His angels to Sodom, and where do they find Lot? Sitting at the city gate. He started out in his tent near Sodom, but now he’s firmly planted inside the city. Lot has likely been living there for quite some time and he knows what the men in the city are like. The angels tell him that the Lord is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, so they needed to leave. Lot took his two daughters and his wife and fled the town.
That brings us to our scripture today and our woman of the Bible. Lot, his wife and daughters are escaping Sodom and the angels tell them not to look back or stop, or they would be consumed. They seemed to be a safe distance away, but……Lot’s wife looked back, she became a pillar of salt. Some people want to say, why did God do that to her? Like the question, why does God send people to hell? Both questions have the same answer, the person made the choice not God. We have free will, Lot’s wife was told not to look back, but she did. Lost souls are told about the saving grace of Jesus, but they don’t accept Him.
I have heard it said many times that the story of Lot’s wife is a lesson to us about looking back. Most of the time whatever has happened in the past can’t be changed, so don’t look back, press on. While I agree with this, I think the lesson from Lot’s wife is also for us to obey. Isn’t that what got the human race in trouble to begin with? Trusting is obeying.