The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:23-26 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:11 ESV
Mr. Brown was dozing in his easy chair when he woke up suddenly. There was a fire right in his living room! His house was on fire! Mr. Brown quickly ran out the door. He didn’t look back to see if he could save anything. He was happy to get out of his burning home alive.
Lot’s wife wasn’t like Mr. Brown. She fell behind the others when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. She was sad about all the things she was losing. The angels had warned her not to look back, but she did. She didn’t get out of the way in time, and she ended up a pillar of salt.
Lot’s wife was foolish, and so were all the people in Sodom and Gomorrah who didn’t take God’s law seriously. They got God’s punishment because of their foolishness. Sometimes it can be hard to think about God’s judgment coming to people who rebel against him. Other times we might feel a little bit glad to think about God punishing other people. But God is never glad to punish wicked people. He wants to forgive them and bring them back to himself.
All of God’s judgment for the world’s sin fell on Jesus when he died on the cross. Because of this, we don’t have to worry about being punished for our sins, but God warns us not to be foolish and refuse the forgiveness Jesus won for us. God the Holy Spirit helps us keep our eyes focused on Jesus. He will help us not to look away and stop wanting God’s love and help. He will help us keep trusting in Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save us. Help us to always trust in him. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.