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Don’t look back

Genesis 19:26 NKJV — But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

This coloring page is a common depiction of this tragic Bible story.

This picture and others like it give one the impression Lot’s wife just failed to fight fear and couldn’t help one more glimpse.

Like she was trying to “make sure” they would get away safely and forgot the command not to look back.

Yet, this is a misrepresentation of the scriptures.

Genesis 19:16-19 NKJV — And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords! Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.”

Genesis 19:20-22 NKJV — “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.” And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Genesis 19:23-25 NKJV — The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

Genesis 19:26 NKJV — But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Lot, his wife, and their two daughters were inside a city, Zoar.

Why a city?

Because Lot had specifically requested that he be allowed to flee there and this city was spared the fate of Sodom,Gomorrah, and the surrounding region.

They weren’t running for their lives while God rained down judgement.

They were secure, safe in His provision.

And it was from this place of safety and mercy that Lot’s wife looked back.

The spiritual application for the believer in Jesus Christ is staggering.

When our souls are safe with Him, when we know His sacrifice has covered all our sins, we must be careful.

Our hearts can not “look back” to the life of sin we had before.

2 Peter 2:22 NKJV — But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

We should be on our guard not return to those things of the former life before salvation.

We need to be guarded against this snare.

For we do not fight only our sinful nature, but also the enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy us.

Thus, we must be aware of the danger of “looking back”.

Luke 9:62 NKJV — But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for this warning, that we might not grow careless when we have security and safety. Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice which paid the price for my sins. Thank You for Your Word which guides me daily. Lord, please continue to teach me the way to go and show me those things the enemy or my own sinful nature are prone to that I might avoid them. Lord, thank You for Your mercy and truth. Please continue to save those who are lost and provide for those who are Yours. In Your name, Jesus, I humbly request these things. Amen.