A man from Indonesia once said, “Extermination of a city could be prevented by presence of a few who have faith in God.”
“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26
In Genesis 19, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from heaven. Lot’s wife was also destroyed but why? Sodom and Gomorrah were places where immoral, corrupt, wicked sin not only filled the streets and homes, but also seeped into the hearts of the people. Sin had become a way of life for the people that lived there and for Lot’s wife. An outcry against its people of these cities reached the ears of the Lord. The sin was so great that God vowed to destroy these places. Before God’s anger was turned to these cities, He sent two messengers to save Lot’s family from death and destruction. They were told to flee, run fast and not look back or they would be swept up in the destruction. Even though Lot’s wife was told the cities would be destroyed, her craving for her former life was greater than the truth that was about to happen.
Sin blinds, numbs, and thrives on decay. Death is sin’s end result. As the two messengers were bringing Lot’s family to safety, Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah. She looked back at her former life. God turned her into a pillar of salt. Death was the end result for her.
We all have sinned. In the bible it says, there is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death. This world is full of immoral, corrupt, wicked sin. Like Lot’s wife, if we don’t flee and run from our sin, we will see this sin seep deep into our hearts making our sinful way of life look right. But it’s not right. It’s a wrong way to live. God wants your end result to be abundance of life not death and destruction.
Can you think of something God is showing you to run away from? Be encouraged to flee from it, to run and not look back. This is the right way!
Prayer: Father, I hear Your voice today. I choose to run away from (_this sin_) You are asking me to run away from. Even if I have to do it alone, I’m running. Thank You for showing me the right way.
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