Gen 19:15-26, Luke 17:29-33
Interestingly, we know her only as Lot’s wife. I’m sure she was a real person, with real, thoughts, ideas, and plans. what could have made her so disobedient?
Lot was probably quite wealthy by the time God was ready to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other cities of the plain. After all, he had chosen the best land and location when it was offered by Abram. (Genesis 13)
Looking back is such a normal part of our lives that it’s hard not to look back. But we must! After all, it’s impossible to fully forgive if we keep going back to the issue.
And so, Mrs. Lot looks back and turns into a pillar of salt. She knew not to do that. Did she think there would not be a consequence? But why did she look back? Was it memories, things she left behind, were their daughters following…
We can often think of all kinds of reasons not to move forward. I have learned when God says to do it, it’s best to trust Him and move forward. His plan is better than anything we’ve left behind. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Blessings to you and yours!
Lately, I’ve been pulling out scriptures I memorized in the past to use as reminders, for calming stress, for prayer, and a variety of other uses. Remember, we are told to commit scripture to memory for life use (See Psalm 199:11, Colossians 3:16).
Zechariah 4:6 reminds me that all of my strength and power are nothing compared to the Spirit of the LORD.
Proverbs 23:7 keeps me aware that my thoughts control my actions.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is useful when my trust in people is low and I’m stressing about what is going on around me. He is all I need to trust in all of my life’s situations.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 Many people, including me, like the positivity of verse 11. However, verse 12 reminds me that when I come to Him and pray to Him, HE WILL HEAR ME. What a promise! The memory reminder that HE will hear me is especially powerful when I think others are just not listening.
It is so important that we memorize scripture that the ‘command’ is given early in the history of believers. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 reminds us to keep the Word in our thoughts/hearts (through memory), close to our bodies (written on our hand), as part of our jewelry (frontlets or phylacteries), part of our conversation (at home and traveling), and as home decorations (on the doorposts).
It is very comforting for me to have God’s Word so close that all I need to do is think about it.