God’s commitment to Abraham was stronger than his disgust with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. While the angels allowed Lot and his daughters time to flee, Lot’s wife looked back at the life she had grown to love, and was changed into a pillar of salt. In a sense, she became the memorial for all who turn away from God and back towards the sin to which they are enslaved. Meanwhile, Lot lost all he had and ended up alive–but alone with his daughters, in the mountains, in a cave.
Sin and its remnants simply never end well. The loss of life, the destruction and disruption left in its wake–are all simply by-products of a life carried out independently and apart from God and his leadership. We need to live lives that seek and honor God. It is a daily journey. Often the journey is treacherous and seems impossible–but, as we follow him, we will leave a legacy of faith; not a pillar of failure. We will be examples of what faith can deliver and not remnants of sin’s destruction. Much like the choice of Lot and his family–we have to be willing to move forward to be a part of a future where God is the centerpiece, or we must prepare to be stopped cold and left behind as a marker of the cost of sin and its remnants.
God Bless You.
By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.
Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.
Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.
He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.