By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
The earth trembles and entire structures are scorched as fire rains from the heavens. Two cities that were once thriving are demolished and reduced to ashes. Only one family escapes the destruction and flees south towards a safe haven. However, one of the members struggles to complete the journey. The longing for her home and memories of the past life grips her heart. When she looks back toward her old residence, she becomes a pillar of salt. She forfeited the opportunity for a new life and to this day remains nameless. In the Bible, there are many warnings of “looking back” to our old lives.
This message is emphasized in Luke 17: 32-33: “Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” We are admonished to remember the tragedy of Lot’s wife. The Lord was merciful to her and allowed her to escape the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. He warned her to not look back; however, she was overcome by the corruption of her heart. The most disappointing part of her story was that she was destined for a purposeful future, but instead chose disaster. She knew the ways of the Lord yet loved the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah more. The darkness of sin took root in her soul as she became comfortable with the lifestyles around her. Further from God she slipped as this complacency ultimately became her demise.
There is a modern connection with this story and our Christian journey. We are living in times when wickedness is increasing and some are abandoning the pure faith of Christ. If we are not careful, we can become comfortable with what God finds detestable. Also, our love for Jesus will grow cold as our prayer life fades. Church and the Word of God may take a back seat to the “more important” priorities on the list. Some believers have lost their passion, built up their own idols, and care more about other things than God. Could it be that they have taken a look in the wrong direction? It is time that we take inventory and return back to our first love. Let us persevere on the course and obtain all of heaven’s promises.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected]