She looked back (Genesis 19:17, 26). Apparently, instead of thinking about God’s mercy in sparing her and her family from certain destruction, Lot’s wife looked back to the city where her home was. For her backward glance, she forfeited her life.
Israel forgot the slavery they endured and remembering the food they enjoyed there, “in their hearts [they] turned back to Egypt” (Acts 7:39 NASB). They too paid dearly for looking back.
“No one after putting his hand to the plow and looking back,” Jesus said, “is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
Well worth it!
Unlike the Rich Young Ruler who chose wealth over eternal life, Peter and his fellow disciples left all for Jesus (Matthew 4:18-22; 19:27). Jesus assured them they would be amply compensated (Mark 10:28-30). And the promise applies to us as well!
“Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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