One last look that’s all she wanted, after all, she had some fond memories of this place. Secretly deep down inside she really didn’t believe that this city or any of the other cities in the region deserved to be destroyed. “After all didn’t her husband Lot choose to settle their family in the city of Sodom because of all the vast resources before them? Yes, there were some bad things that happened here, but didn’t bad things happen everywhere?” With these thoughts racing through her mind, her steps slowed down to a resistant pace. “Lot was Abraham’s nephew, surely God would take all of this into consideration and change His Mind…Wouldn’t He?” Now weighed down with these heavy thoughts, …..she glanced up squinting, barely able to see Lot and her daughters, they were so far ahead of her.
The Angel had strictly warned them all not to stop or look back, however, the reasoning that started in her mind had now become an act of the heart. With one assumptive act of fatal rebellion, Lot’s wife turned, looked back and became a “Pillar of Salt!” A standing memorial of unbelief, rebellion, and death to this day. One that our Lord Jesus Christ asked us to remember with these direct words in Luke 17:32 (TPT);
“Don’t forget the example of Lot’s wife and what happened to her when she turned back.”
Genesis 19:26 (AMP) records this sad lesson for us,
“But [Lot’s] wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Why did Jesus ask us to “remember what happened to Lot’s wife?”….because “She died in the day of her deliverance!” You see my friend the enemy will try to get you and me to turn back to the things that God is trying to deliver us from, so that we like Lot’s wife, “Die in the day of our deliverance, and become like a “Pillar of Salt.”
Now is a good time to take a few moments of reflection and ask ourselves these questions:
1. What is God trying to deliver me from?
2. Is there something tempting me to turn back to my past?
The truth is, God never intended for anyone to become a “Pillar of Salt.” You and I have been created to be “Free Flowing Agents of The Holy Spirit.” Agents of Freedom and Deliverance for others, as we ourselves walk in freedom and deliverance.
Matthew 5:13-16 (AMP) gives us some encouraging insight from the Heart of God regarding this truth;
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, it’s quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.” “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” “Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven.”
There is an interesting footnote in the Passion Translation regarding this scripture, it states that,
“Rabbinical literature equates salt with wisdom. After speaking of salt, Jesus speaks of lighting a lamp. It was a common practice in the time of Jesus to put salt on the wick of a lamp to increase its brightness. The “salt” of wisdom will make our lights shine even brighter.”
The Passion Translation pg. 17 footnotes for Matthew 5:13 a.
So how do we not lose our “saltiness”? That’s a great question! Here’s a couple of steps that will help us,
1. We do exactly what The Lord Jesus asked us to do in Luke 17:32 (AMP) we,
“Remember Lot’s wife!”
2. We do exactly the opposite of what Lot’s wife did when it came time for her to participate with her deliverance. We obey without delay!
In essence, because Lot’s wife had a heart fixed on the darkness that was behind her, she could not recognize the “wisdom” or see the “light’ of deliverance that was before her. My friends, we have the mandate to be the “salt and light” of this world, “A city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.”
No matter how tight or dark our situation may seem right now my friend, we must resist the temptation to turn back and become galvanized like, “Pillars of Salt.” We must remember that our obedience to God’s Wisdom for our deliverance, illuminates the path of deliverance for someone else as well. This is how our, “Moral excellence and our praiseworthy, noble and good deeds are recognized while, “ALL of the Honor, Praise and Glory are given to our Father God Who is in Heaven!”
Dear Friends, this is our day to “Be Strong and Live Free”……..Boldly For Him!
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