ESV - 26 But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
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"Lot’s wife evidently was reluctant to tear herself away from the material things being left behind. So that we would not miss the point, Jesus included it in a warning... It was when cautioning against being overly concerned about material possessions that he tersely said: “Remember the wife of Lot.” (Genesis 19:12-26; Luke 17:31, 32)" (Some additional thoughts about "turning to the things behind", see http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2012206.)
But why did Lot’s wife look back? Was she curious about what was happening? Did she turn back because of disbelief or lack of faith? Or, rather, was hers a longing gaze for all the things that she had left behind in Sodom? (Luke 17:31) Whatever the reason for her looking back, she paid for her disobedient act with her life. Just think of it! She died the same day as those perverted inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. No wonder Jesus said: “Remember the wife of Lot”! 3 We too are living at a time when it is vital that we do not look back in a figurative sense. Jesus emphasized this point when he answered a man who had asked if he could return to his family to say good-bye before becoming a disciple. Jesus said: “No man that has put his hand to a plow and looks at the things behind is well fitted for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Was Jesus being harsh or unreasonable in answering this way? No, for he knew that the man’s request was merely an excuse to evade responsibility. Jesus described such procrastination as looking at “the things behind.” Does it matter whether the person plowing looks momentarily at what is behind or actually puts down the plow and turns around? Either way he is distracted from what he should be doing, and his work may be affected negatively. 4 Rather than turning our attention to the past, we must keep our eyes focused on what is yet ahead. Notice how this is clearly expressed at Proverbs 4:25: “As for your eyes, straight ahead they should look, yes, your own beaming eyes should gaze straight in front of you.” 5 We have good reason not to look at the things behind. What is the reason? These are “the last days.” (2 Tim. 3:1) We now face, not just the wiping out of two wicked cities, but the destruction of an entire world system of things
A lot of us today have a problem with wanting to return to what familiar to us.God wants to take us to the next level and we want to stay in the past. He said he would show us things that we know not.
Each time God gives an instruction, it's for our safety and good. Disobedience is simply a function of unbelief. We are not of those that draw back to perdition....our main goal should always be to please our Commanding Officer and Master, Jesus; and in so doing walk in the purposes and paths He has ordained for us, thus live a fulfilling live. It's said of David that he served the entire purposes of God in his life and slept. It's therefore in this sense that we become an eternal excellency and a joy to many generations when and only when we serve His purposes.
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