That’s what Luke 17:32 says… “Remember Lot’s wife.” Short and simple. Let’s go on a journey with Abraham and Lot.
Here, when Abraham was still referred to as “Abram”, he took his wife and his nephew – Lot to Canaan when God commanded him to get out of his country. Note that Abraham could have decided not to take Lot with him, because God didn’t say take you and Lot, but he took Lot with him, anyway.
Abraham when he was leaving Egypt with Sarah still took Lot with him too. Here, Abraham’s living conditions were better as he was “… very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold.”
Lot, by reason of being with Abraham the whole time, also had some things to his name like flocks, herds and tents. Because of Abraham, he had more properties to his name, his territory had been enlarged. God blessed Abraham, hence he was blessed too. He was blessed so much that the land was not able to bear them both; they could no longer live together (vs. 6).
Then came the fight over land issues. So much substance, so little space. Abraham had to suggest that Lot go his own way; and guess what! he did just that, even greedily took the land that looked juicier.
This, here, is where Lot – after he had departed to his juicier land – was taken captive. Guess who went and fought to set him free again?! Abraham! He didn’t just bring back Lot, his goods, his women and his people too!
One would think Lot had learnt his lesson, that departing from Abraham never did him any good, but NO he still went and got stuck in the city of grievous sins – Sodom and Gomorrah! Now, it was time for God to destroy that city but He didn’t wanna do it without telling Abraham first – not because God cared so much about Lot, but God sure did care so much about Abraham, so that care just had to extend to Lot – after all, they were brethren.
Abraham once again fights for Lot, intercedes on his behalf, bargained with God because of him. And yeah, he won that debate; for as we know Lot and his family were not destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah – once again, all because of Abraham!
Lot and his family were rescued and brought out from Sodom and Gomorrah before the city was destroyed to safety.
BUT HIS WIFE LOOKED BACK… AND SHE BECAME A PILLAR OF SALT!
After Sodom and Gomorrah and his wife becoming a pillar of salt, good things were not exactly Lot’s portion anymore. Matter of fact, his daughters got him drunk, slept with him and had children by him – perfect definition for DISASTER!
Let’s talk about looking back and why, as this year is coming to an end, we must remember Lot’s wife.
God placed Abraham in Lot’s life and the moment he separated himself from Abraham things started to go wrong for him, maybe not immediately but eventually they did! You DO NOT break away or separate yourself from God and the people he has placed in your life to lift you up and turn you into somebody. If Lot had looked back at what Abraham had done for him, how he’d become a man of substance because of Abraham, maybe he would not have went his own way. When you fail to look back at what God has done for you, the devil tricks you that you’re actually good without him. Hence, your destruction approaches. It is not by your power or strength that you are where you are – it is by the grace of God and the people he has put in your life. Lot forgot what Abraham and the God of Abraham had done for him. He failed to look back when he should have.
Even after Abraham and his men had gone out to fight for his freedom, that should have told him he isn’t better off without Abraham; that should have made him want to run back to be under the protective wings of the God of Abraham – but no, he made another terrible wrong turn. But still Abraham interceded on his behalf not to be destroyed with Sodom and Gomorrah. Stubborn Lot never looked back even then! How many times have you had the chance to look back in appreciation for what God has done for you, and the people He has used like your pastor, parents, relatives, colleagues? How many times have you failed to appreciate? Never joke with the people that pray with and for you, whatever you have that they don’t is absolutely irrelevant; nothing can replace prayers!
Then the end came for Lot and his family. Do you know why the angels told him not to look back? Because he had ample opportunity in the past to look back, in appreciation, gratitude and thanksgiving BUT he never did… so what was the point in looking back now?! Don’t bother, Lot; it’s too late to look back now! When you fail to look back at how unfruitful you were, and God placed you so high now that you have plenty substance; when you fail to look all the way back to how he kept you all year round till now, you lose track of His faithfulness and graciousness AND then one day, it becomes too late to look back! May that not be your portion in Jesus’ name!
II Sam. 7:18-22
Now that should be your reaction when you look back, that “Who am I, O Lord Jehovah, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? … Wherefore thou art great, O Jehovah God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee…”