It was a serious warning when Jesus said “Remember Lot’s wife” and let us take heed not to look back to the things we have left behind.
I would like to share the following excerpts from Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.
Please read the following commentary and let the Lord speak seriously to our hearts, and if we need to change our attitude and action today, let us do it.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Remember Lot’s wife – See Genesis 19:26. “She” looked back – she delayed – perhaps she “desired” to take something with her, and God made her a monument of his displeasure. Jesus directed his disciples, when they saw the calamities coming upon the Jews, to flee to the mountains, Matthew 24:16. He here charges them to be in haste – not to look back – not to delay – but to escape quickly, and to remember that by delaying the wife of Lot lost her life.
The phrase indicates that Lot’s wife was behind him, and has the meaning of “lagging behind with longing.” She was not only some distance behind the others, but as she looked at the cities being destroyed, she longed for her old life there. Her body had moved out of Sodom, but her heart was still back there.
That Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt is a historical truth is confirmed by Jesus’ words in Luke 17:32 — “Remember Lot’s wife.” This gives the account unquestionable authenticity.
So too are fallen humans tainted with impurities, therefore we must not be superficial in our dealings with the Lord, or in doing what the Lord tells us to do.
Let our hearts be given over to readily following God’s commands, and doing what is right in God’s sight.
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” —Luke 17:28-32
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.“Luke 9:62
No man, having put his hand … – To put one’s hand to a plow is a proverbial expression to signify undertaking any business. In order that a plowman may accomplish his work, it is necessary to look onward – to be intent on his employment – not to be looking back with regret that he undertook it. So in religion. He that enters on it must do it with his whole heart, He that comes still loving the world – still looking with regret on its pleasures, its wealth, and its honors – that has not “wholly” forsaken them as his portion, cannot be a Christian, and is not fit for the kingdom of God. How searching is this test to those who profess to be Christians! And how solemn the duty of all people to renounce all earthly objects, and to be not only “almost,” but “altogether,” followers of the Son of God! It is perilous to tamper with the world – to look at its pleasures or to seek its society. He that would enter heaven must come with a heart full of love to God; giving “all” into his hands, and prepared always to give up all his property, his health, his friends, his body, his soul to God, when he demands them, or he cannot be a Christian. Religion is everything or nothing. He that is not willing to sacrifice “everything” for the cause of God, is really willing to sacrifice nothing.
It is not tough if we are hot for Him and we always remember and appreciate what He sacrificed for us. Actually it is His life for ours.
It will be tough when we are luke-warm or cold.
May the Lord help us to love Him more.