“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” – Genesis 19:26
This happened when Lot and his family were running away as the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying everything in those cities. They were able to escape because the Lord was merciful to them (Gen. 19:16), and He remembered Abraham’s plea (Gen. 19:29). But to ensure their safety, they were given these specific instructions in Gen. 19:17: “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee… or you will be swept away!” But for some reason, Lot’s wife looked back, and reaped the consequences.
Maybe she was just curious. Maybe she just felt sorry for their city. Maybe she took God’s instructions lightly. Or maybe she didn’t really mean to look back. But whatever the reason was, God considered it as disobedience.
My main takeaway here is to keep moving forward. The Lord has already rescued us from our dark and dangerous past, and there’s no use in looking back. Otherwise, runners won’t reach their goal in time. Climbers won’t reach the top. Old wounds won’t heal completely. And as in the case of Lot’s wife, we might end up far worse than we were before.
We have to understand that every command from God, hard as they are to follow because of our human inclinations, were all given with our safety in mind. The key is to obey and surrender our every step to His leading, trusting that He knows what’s right, and what’s best.