Luke 17:32 – “Remember Lot’s wife.” NASB
Let’s rehearse some things about Lot’s wife before we proceed. She Perished Although She was the Wife of a Righteous Man. She Perished Although she was warned of the impending danger.
SHE PERISHED – Although She Made an Effort to Be Saved.
She heard the warning and partly believed it. She ran well for a short time but stopped short of full deliverance and salvation. She looked back and perished. She could not ‘forget the things that were behind and press on to the future.’ Like Simon the sorcerer her heart was not fully right with God. (Acts 8:21) Doing the best we can apart from steadfast faith and surrender to Jesus will result in coming short of God’s Glory and perishing by the way.
SHE PERISHED – Although She Was Physically Separated from the Sodomites.
Her body was outside the city, but her heart and affections were where they had always been. The commandment of God was, “Escape for your life and do not look back.” She was not as tainted as the citizens of that city, but she was fatally in love with the world. She could give lip service to God and even offer praise to God that she was not like the citizens of that city, but her heart was held by what she had.
SHE PERISHED – She Disobeyed and in her Disobedience Rebelled.
Her sin was unbelief and that unbelief manifested itself in a disobedient look back. The command was run for your life and do not look back. People perish because of the sin of disobedience which is rebellion against the commandments of God. She failed to keep her eye on the prize and her heart longed to go back to what she had and what she knew and that in which she felt secure.
Do you recall in Luke 9, when our LORD called to men to follow him? One asked to go bury his dead and the other asked to go back and say farewell to the family. Jesus responded in Luke 9:62 – “…No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” In Hebrews 10:38 we read, “But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
God’s offer is full deliverance and full salvation. His offer is confirmed by the Blood of Jesus on the Cross. If we try to hold on to God and the world at the same time, we will find the impossibility of that situation and the great danger is we will go back. Jesus said that we cannot serve two masters at the same time. Matthew 6:21 reveals, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
God will not accept our being partially in and partially out. Some are saying, in essence, “LORD, I will follow you, but…” God says, “Remember Lot’s Wife!” Her love for the world and her disobedience cost her eternally. Jesus says, COME!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!