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Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and Lot's wife

Updated on September 7, 2011

Lot and his family fleeing


Lot's wife looking back

Genesis 19:21- 25 21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[f])

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.(NKJV)

Many of us as we read about Lot and the things that happened in Sodom and Gomorrah only look at the sin and God's punishment for the many sins of these cities. We think about the Hell's fire and brimstone that rained from the sky, destroying the cities and everyone who lived there. Perhaps, we think about God's mercy by allowing Lot and his family to escape His wrath.

But, we don't think about Lot's wife, other than that she didn't obey God to not look back. Think about this for moment. Lot's wife turned to a pillar of salt due to looking back on the past. She longed for the things she once knew. Whether that was the sin in the city, or just her love for her home being gone forever. She looked back on the past and longed for it.

I think each one of us has done this. Maybe we long for a time with a loved one that we can no longer see, or the relationship that is over. Maybe we wish we could turn back time and change things we've done. Sometimes, we dwell on the sins of our past and think, "Why did I do that?" or "I deserve to be punished for that sin". Perhaps, we can relate to the Psalmist in Psalm 44:15 when he says my disgrace is before me all the day long.

Guess what? God doesn't want us to look back at our past. Jesus dying on the cross covered our sins and after we ask for forgiveness, they are gone, wiped clean. We cannot return to our past, nor can we change it, so why dwell on it? When we do, we lose ourselves, we stop striving for our goals and we become negative people. In other words, we become pillars of salt. We are easily blown away by any wind, we lose our flavor, and we forget who called us.

Take God's word for it... don't look back!


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    • Smokes Angel profile image

      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments

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      sonfollowers 6 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Interesting hub. I certainly agree that there's no point in becoming so focused on the past that you fail to focus on the present or the future. I do tend to think that Lot's wife set a bad example for us more because of her disobedience than for thinking about the past. I think about my grandfather occasionally. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. He was a great man. I do agree with you that the biggest danger about thinking about the past is when you are so enamored with the past (lost love, etc.) that you can't move forward.

      Very interesting thoughts. I like that you spent some time just focusing on Lot's wife for a bit. I do agree that she seems to get lower billing sometimes when there are some very good lessons to learn from her.


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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      This is good advice, but we need to not look back and think our sinful life was better either and especially not return to it. So many people think about the days of old and remember them as being so much better than they were. We need to look to the future.

      Good job on your hub. I voted it up.