It was not that there was sin the city–it was the city embodied all things evil. Lot was convinced, but he could not even get his daughter’s fiancés to leave. Finally, God’s angels had to drag them out of the city to save their lives. They gave the little family strict instructions run and do not look back–or you will be swept away with the city. What a shock and final word. So, Lot and his family ran.
God understands better than anyone–that people must separate themselves from sin, or they will end up falling into it. Even those that flee sin must not look back at it longingly, or they will be doomed to return. Throughout the Bible, men experience dramatic change in their lives, but, as they pass the crucial moment, they slip back into what they do best–sin.
That is why we are called to face forward and follow the Lord. We do not live the past, we travel toward the goal of eternity with the Lord. Paul said it best in Philippians 3, “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” We must think forward, look forward and move forward in our journey with God–then and only then will we experience the full and abundant life he offers.
God Bless You
But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”