Remember Lot’s Wife

Jesus uttered this terse warning while teaching on his second coming (LK 17.32).

Lot and his family lived in prosperous Sodom.? Lot’s wife loved her home.? Her husband had done well for himself.? His flocks and possessions had grown so great that he and his uncle Abraham had to part ways.? He’d picked the choicest land when his uncle gave him the option.? Foolish Abraham, Lot’s wife often mused, how often had he regretted giving her husband first choice?

Sodom’s rampant sexual immorality bothered them, but they could take refuge in their beautiful home and many possessions.

Then one night Lot brought strangers home, and trouble came with them.? The men of the town pounded on the door, with shouts and catcalls, demanding that Lot give the strangers to them.? When Lot stepped out to try to reason with them, they almost tore him apart pushing to get in, until the strangers smote them with blindness.

Lot’s wife hoped the unusual guests would leave the next morning.? Instead, when dawn broke they told the family they needed to flee, for they were about to unleash mass destruction on the city.? Then they grabbed her and Lot and their two daughters and dragged them to the city’s outskirts.? They’d had no time to pack, no time to gather up precious heirlooms and family treasures.

?Run for your lives,” urged the strangers. “Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, or you’ll be swept away.?

They ran gasping, stumbling, staggering.? The sound of destruction crashing from the sky, so close behind they could feel the heat and wind generated from the fire cascading from the sky. Thunderous noise, explosions and screams filled the air.

“My home!? My jewels!? All we’ve worked for and struggled to gain all these years!? Lot!? I’m going back.? I think I can still save some things.”

Lot shouted above the noise to keep running, but his wife slowed down.? “There’s still time,” she said, slowly turning, as a massive wall of smoke and ash engulfed her.

Days later, Lot picked his way among the miles of charred and smoldering landscape.? Stinking carnage, everything covered with ash.? Burned carcasses, human and animal, barely recognizable. The acrid air almost unbreathable. Then he saw her.

A statue of salt.? Her arm reaching toward Sodom, her face fixed in a permanent scream.

Remember Lot’s wife.

Remember her love of the world, her attachment to things.? Her failure to wholeheartedly follow the Lord.? These things cost her her life.

Jesus is returning.? Invest yourself in heaven.? Give your life away serving others.? Give to the kingdom and the poor.? Follow Jesus with all your heart, and you’ll be ready when he comes.

photo by irioptika

Comments

  1. MEP says

    “Terse” works great. Indeed, it was an “abrubtly concise, curt” warning that we must heed today.

    Really appreciate this post.

  2. Bob Z says

    Mark,

    Thanks for your post. A great reminder that these possessions, that this stuff will rot and decay and we will need to replace them with something new. However if we focus on things eternal, they will not rot , they will not decay, they will actually increase in value. These are days were the focus is on our possessions, our 401ks, our jobs, our houses all these things that people use to define us in this world. Oh what a blessing your words are today, tomorrow and each day as we grow in Christ. In Christ.

  3. says

    Hey Mark,
    What a great reminder for us to focus on what really matters. Our “stuff” will definitely pass away and get old and worn out. I find that especially in trying times to focus on others needs, it puts things into perspective. I know it may sound cliche, however, we could lose everything tomorrow, but if we still have Jesus we will have everything that we really need.
    As usual, thank you for the great reminder to keep Christ at the forefront.
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett
    P.S. Amen Bob Z!!

  4. says

    Thanks MEP!

    Bob,

    Thanks. I wrote this mostly for me – what a challenge it is to keep focused on eternity. Thank you for your comments.

    Hey Ron,

    It isn’t cliche to me – as I meditated on this passage, I was thinking, what if I lost everything – and I know it is truly possible. I can only trust that Jesus would help me. I know that you’ve suffered a lot, yet you are still keeping Christ at the forefront. Thanks for your example and for your comments.

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