Luke 17:32 – “Remember Lot’s wife!” TLV
Today, I would like to consider some pertinent revelations regarding Jesus’ statement to ‘Remember Lot’s Wife!’ I believe it will be beneficial to consider some things about Lot’s wife and her failure.
SHE PERISHED – Although she was the wife of a righteous man.
I suggest that Lot was not all he could be or should have been, but the fact he was being offered deliverance indicates he was a righteous man. If we read 2 Peter 2:7-8 we see that reality. “He rescued Lot; a righteous man deeply troubled by the shameless immorality of the wicked. 8 (For that righteous man, while living among them, was tormented in his righteous soul day after day by lawless deeds he saw and heard.)” I would also note that she was a relative by marriage to Abraham the father of faith.
SHE PERISHED – Although she was warned of the danger.
Imagine her situation. A special message and messengers from heaven had come to warn them of the impending destruction and instructed them to escape for their lives. That is applicable for today in that we are repeatedly warned in the Scriptures to flee the wrath to come and to come out from among them and be separate.
In John 3:16 we have the amazing promise of Jesus, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God, the Father, loves us so much that He has done everything short of forcing us to serve Him. He offers us the choice to receive His grace and mercy. We can either believe, receive, and obey or we can be like Lot’s wife and look back to destruction.
SHE PERISHED – Although she made an effort to be saved.
She heard the warning that Lot and their two daughters heard. She partially believed it and was led outside the city by the angels. She ran in the right direction for a while but the longing for what she had left behind became too much and she looked back. She did not or could not ‘forget the things that were behind.’ Like Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8:21, her heart was not right with God.
We need to be reminded that doing our best apart from a steadfast faith in Jesus will result in our perishing by the way. We must continue in the faith and how we finish is far more important than how we begin.
SHE PERISHED – Although she became separated physically from the Sodomites.
Her physical body was outside the city, but it is clear that her heart was not. Where the heart is that is where our treasure is. What we love, we long for. The command was ‘escape for your life and do not look back.’ Even though she may not have practiced the sins of the sodomites it seems that she was fatally in love with the world. We are told to love not the world, nor the things that are in the world. We must be separate in our devotion.
SHE PERISHED – Although she committed but one act of Rebellion.
I call it rebellion for we are told that obedience is better than sacrifice and that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. This was an act of rebellion. Her failure was unbelief. Her failure was disobeying the command to not look back. In Luke 9:62 our Lord said, “no man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” In Hebrews 10:38 we are instructed that “…the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
God is offering us deliverance today. He is offering it through the shed blood of Jesus. We need to keep in the forefront of our minds and hearts the declaration of Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
It is one thing to say, “I am following the LORD” or “I will follow You LORD” but quite another to fully commit ourselves to Him and allow Him to be Lord of All in our lives. Remember Lot’s wife – her love for this present world cost her eternity. Jesus says, “Come!”
God bless you as you enter this day with a total commitment to Jesus!