We need to remember Lot's wife to be reminded that this life is fleeting. It does not last very long, and can terminate without a warning. As we pass through this world, the greatest thing we must do is to have an abiding relationship with God and live faithfully serving Him daily. The lesson from Lot's wife is this: Take God at His Word! If He says it, then it will come to pass, and men need to be ready to meet Him some day.
Jesus Christ - our Saviour, in one of His teachings remarked: " remember Lot's wife." Luke 17:32. The complete sorry of Lot's wife is found in Genesis 19:1-26.
Briefly, she was married to Lot and lived with her husband in Sodom. Before God's judgment came on Sodom and Gomorrah she, along with her husband and two unmarried daughters were forced from the city. They were all commanded not to look behind them as they fled, but she disobeyed and was instantly judged, killed and transformed into a pillar of salt. That is what we know, but when we study her story, we can learn even more about her, how she lived and why she died like she did.
For thousands of years men have wondered why this woman looked back. There are three spiritual problems that Lot's wife had in her life:
A. A Problem With Her Faith - Disbelief - She looked back because she did not believe that God would do what He said He would do! She thought He was bluffing!
Lost people still make the same gamble today! Friend, He isn't bluffing! Just ask the Rich Man ofLuke 16:19-31. Just ask Judas Iscariot! There is a Hell and you will go there if you do not come to Jesus Christ for salvation! There is chastisement for the child of God who chooses sin over the will of God, Heb. 12:6-11. God isn't bluffing! Sin is a hard taskmaster, Pro. 13:15.)
B. A Problem With Her Face - Disobedience - She, along with all the others, had been commanded not to look back. But, there was something within her that caused her to turn back toward Sodom. The problem with Lot's wife was that she had her eyes on all the wrong things. She was looking back at a lost life, a lost lifestyle and a lost city.
(Ill. Wherever your gaze is fixed this morning will determine the path taken by your feet. (Ill. The Prodigal Son - Luke 15:1-24 - His gaze was on the world and his feet followed.) That is why some of you won't get saved! That is why some of you can't live right! Your gaze is fixed on the wrong things! What a dangerous way to live! God's plan, as it is laid out in His Word, is a perfect plan! Those who follow God's plan enjoy God's blessings and His peace. Those who reject God's plan for living find their path strewn with disaster and trouble.
C. A Problem With Her Focus - Deception - She probably had everyone in the family fooled! They probably thought that she was saved. She had everyone fooled but God! The problem with Lot's wife is the problem with many people today, they have merely made a profession of faith, but they have never truly been born again! She proved what she was when she looked back to Sodom! You see, her body was out of Sodom, but her heart was still there.
This is a picture of that religious person, that church member who has turned over a new leaf, but who has never been converted! There is a difference in claiming to be a Christian than in being saved! When you are truly saved, you will not be able to enjoy the pleasures and allurements of the world as you did before! Why? Because you have been made a new creature,2 Cor. 5:17. If you are just pretending to be saved, please be aware that you are not fooling the Lord! He knows your heart and will judge you accordingly!)
By the way, it is possible for those who have been converted to find themselves looking back longingly at the old life they lived in Sodom. This was condemned by Jesus, Luke 9:62. You see this trend in the church today. Everywhere there are professing Christians that want to dress, act, walk and talk like the world. People who say they know Jesus, but act like the unsaved around them. What they are doing is playing around with sin and treating sin too lightly! My friends, sin is a deceiver, it is a killer and it is dangerous! It must be dealt with early and radically. Do not let it get a foothold in your life, but root it out, whatever the cost or the pain, Eph. 4:27; Matt. 5:27-30. We must get radical with our sins!
That is a travesty! That is a tragedy! Some people in this room live, dress and act in such a fashion that I would just as soon you not tell anyone where you went to church! It brings a reproach upon every saint of God who does try to live for Jesus in this place. Yet, I thank God that there is a place of repentance for those who are guilty of the backward look this morning). Be blessed.
Note: This message is an extract from Dr. Alan Carr’s message on Remembering Lot’s wife.