Genesis 19:26 – Do Not Look Back

Genesis 19:26–But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Many people often find themselves  looking back  or turning back to their old way of living once God has delivered them from it. In coming to Christ, He commands us to “take up our cross and follow Him”, “press forward to the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, “Remember the former things no more” and in our text, “do not look back”.

Lot’s family had been consumed by the sin that was all around them. Lot has a visitation by two angels. Let's listen in Genesis 19:1-26 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting near the city gate. When he saw them, he got up and went to them and bowed facedown on the ground. 2 Lot said, “Sirs, please come to my house and spend the night. There you can wash your feet, and then tomorrow you may continue your journey.”

The angels answered, “No, we will spend the night in the city’s public square.”3 But Lot begged them to come, so they agreed and went to his house. Then Lot prepared a meal for them. He baked bread without yeast, and they ate it.
4 Before bedtime, men both young and old and from every part of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the two men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sexual relations with them.”

6 Lot went outside to them, closing the door behind him. 7 He said, “No, my brothers! Do not do this evil thing. 8 Look! I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. I will give them to you, and you may do anything you want with them. But please don’t do anything to these men. They have come to my house, and I must protect them.”

9 The men around the house answered, “Move out of the way!” Then they said to each other, “This man Lot came to our city as a stranger, and now he wants to tell us what to do!” They said to Lot, “We will do worse things to you than to them.” They started pushing him back and were ready to break down the door.

10 But the two men staying with Lot opened the door, pulled him back inside the house, and then closed the door. 11 They struck those outside the door with blindness, so the men, both young and old, could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have any other relatives in this city? Do you have any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any other relatives? If you do, tell them to leave now, 13 because we are about to destroy this city. The Lord has heard of all the evil that is here, so he has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and said to his future sons-in-law who were pledged to marry his daughters, “Hurry and leave this city! The Lord is about to destroy it!” But they thought Lot was joking.

15 At dawn the next morning, the angels begged Lot to hurry. They said, “Go! Take your wife and your two daughters with you so you will not be destroyed when the city is punished.” 16 But Lot delayed. So the two men took the hands of Lot, his wife, and his two daughters and led them safely out of the city. So the Lord was merciful to Lot and his family. 17 After they brought them out of the city, one of the men said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Run to the mountains, or you will be destroyed.”

18 But Lot said to one of them, “Sir, please don’t force me to go so far! 19 You have been merciful and kind to me and have saved my life. But I can’t run to the mountains. The disaster will catch me, and I will die. 20 Look, that little town over there is not too far away. Let me run there. It’s really just a little town, and I’ll be safe there.” 21 The angel said to Lot, “Very well, I will allow you to do this also. I will not destroy that town. 22 But run there fast, because I cannot destroy Sodom until you are safely in that town.” (That town is named Zoar,[a] because it is little.)

23 The sun had already come up when Lot entered Zoar. 24 The Lord sent a rain of burning sulfur down from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah 25 and destroyed those cities. He also destroyed the whole Jordan Valley, everyone living in the cities, and even all the plants. 26 At that point Lot’s wife looked back. When she did, she became a pillar of salt.

When the angel came to Lot and told him they had to leave, they were reluctant to flee evil. They loved it so much that they did not want to leave it behind.  The angels literally had to lead Lot and his family by the hand out of Sodom.

What was it that they did not want to leave behind? Sinful pleasure, i.e. eat, drink and be merry, do whatever seems right in your own eyes, total unrighteousness.  Sins that were so gross, I do not care to name them. Despite these horrible evils they could not bring themselves to leave.

Today, God is calling Christians to flee the evils of this world; fornication, idolatry, the love of money and self, lust, greed, adultery and on and on.

If we are reluctant to leave the things of the world behind us, we will suffer eternal separation from God once we transition from earth to eternity.

God is calling every human being into remembrance of Lot’s wife on today.We need to remember Lot’s wife when we are tempted to allow the pleasures of this world to draw us back. We are being called to remember the consequences of loving the world more than loving God. In other words, we are called to question ourselves as to what 
what is the cost of our souls?"

Remember Lot’s wife, she had her mind set on earthly things and as a result of her disobedience, she turned to a pillar of salt.

Remember means to keep in mind, keep in memory, always thoughtful of.

There are several learning tips I want to leave for all of us on today, including myself. Things we can learn from Lot’s wife.

To live for God, you must leave behind all for the sake of Christ. Not physical abandonment, but Spiritually. You must have a made up mind that  God means more to you than anything or anyone. Put him first. Matthew 6:33-seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things would be added unto you.

We are boldly called into accountability in Johsua 24:15—-But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. 

Matthew 6:24 boldly sates that “No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth.

You have a decision to make on today. To look forward or to look back. Which will it be for you?

God’s Word declares in Proverbs 26:11 —-Like a dog going back to his vomit,  so  is the foolish man doing his foolish acts over again. In other words, a man that returns to his sinful way of living is like a dog returning to eat his vomit. How sick is that? This is the description of one who decides on their own to leave the presence of God to enter back into the sins and pleasures of this  wicked world.

Remember Lot’s wife. Do not look back, flee to safety or be consumed.

I wonder which will you choose on today? To Live or to Die? Lot’s wife chose death!!