17. And when they had brought them forth, they said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you or stop anywhere in the whole valley; escape to the mountains lest you be consumed.
24. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of the heavens.
25. He overthrew, destroyed and ended those cities, and all the valley and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26. But Lots wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27. Abraham went up early next morning to the place where he only the day before had stood before the Lord.
28. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of the valley and saw, and lo, the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace.
Why did Lot’s wife become a pillar of salt? Was it just disobedience or something more? I believe she loved her life in Sodom and Gomorrah and did not want to leave. She had a hunger and desire for the sinful lifestyle she was leaving behind. The Lord will give us what we want. We should be sure we want the right things.
Hebrews 11:15 If they had been thinking with homesick remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it;
The Lord is looking into every heart and knows when the heart belongs to Him or to this world. The angel said do not look back or stop anywhere but escape to the mountains lest you be consumed. She had no fear of the Lord within her and did not obey. She got what she wanted. She wanted to be in the world, so she became a part of this world.
Luke 17:29 But on that very day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30. That is the way it will be on the day that the Son of man is revealed. 32. Remember Lot’s wife! 33. Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it and quicken it.
The Lord is saying this is the picture of the last days. If we are hanging on to the carnal things and pleasures of this world, we will become desolate along with the world when it is judged.
Romans 15:3 For Christ gave no thought to His own interests, to please Himself;
He is our example in every way. If self is to die, then all of our interests must go with self and die. As we give our all to Him, He gives His all to us. Then if He sees that it is right for us, He gives it back to us again. What have we got to lose? He never is asking more than we can give. He is always looking to bless. He always has a plan for us that is higher than anything we can think up. Just look at what we have to gain!