Lot’s Wife: A Casualty of Partial Obedience?

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | No Comments »

I just finished listening to a little ditty on God’s will for us. I got to thinking about an example of a time in the Bible where someone half-listened to God and what were the consequences.  It took a minute, but then I remembered Lot and his wife (Genesis 19).  In verse 17 the angels instruct Lot to flee to the mountains and not to look back.

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.”

Sounds simple enough, right?   Lot doesn’t think so.  He pleads with the angels to let him escape to a nearby city in the plains because the mountains are too dangerous.  The angels reluctantly agree and tell them to hurry because they can’t destroy Sodom until they have reached the little town.

We all know how this ends.  God sends fire to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife turns to watch.  BAM!  She turns into a pillar of salt.

I know it is speculative, but is it possible that if they had fled to the mountains, at a certain point looking back would not have been an option?  Lot was obedient in fleeing Sodom, but he only listened as much as was comfortable to him, and it cost him his wife’s life (though it was her choice to look back).

How many times in our lives do we only listen to God as much as it is comfortable to us?  In the end, this will cost us our eternal lives.

In the words of Jesus of Nazareth, “Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. “If any of you want to come with me,” he told them, “you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it. Do you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life.” (Mark 8:34-37)

Peace and God bless,

CR Mooney