T. PIERCE BROWN
Jesus, while telling of coming disaster, said in Luke 17:32, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Whether He was speaking of the destruction ofJerusalem, or the end of our world, there are some things aboutLot’s wife we need to remember. She was a real person, with a sad end. Her story is told briefly in Genesis 19:26. She looked back and became a pillar of salt.
Here are some things we need to remember about her. First, she perished, although the wife of a righteous man. He may have lacked a lot by Christian standards, but 2 Peter 2:8 says, “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” But whatever HIS righteousness was, it did not deliver HER. You will “stand on your own feet” at judgment day. You may have a righteous mother, father, husband, wife, son or daughter, but Romans14:12tells us, “So then every one of shall give account of himself to God.”
Second, she perished, though very plainly warned of danger. She was told not to stay in the plain and not to look back. She did not misunderstand. She simply did not believe it strongly enough to obey. Young and old, Christians and alien sinners are warned very plainly of many things. But many decide to perish anyway. One of the hardest jobs that any preacher has is to stand by the bedside or casket of a friend who had been warned hundreds of times, and INTENDED to obey the gospel SOMEDAY, and but who rejected the warnings. Samuel Johnson said, “Hell is paved with good intentions,” but the figure of speech is just as true as if Paul had said it.
Third, she perished, though there was only one sin recorded against her, and it appeared so small. So did the sin of Eve in the garden. So have many of ours. “I’m not that bad” is a common expression. We need to be aware that ANY sin, of whatever dimension or quality, will cause us to be separated from God, and not repented of, will leave us that way forever. RememberLot’s wife!
Fourth, she perished, though she made some effort. She cared enough to start, but not enough to finish. Jesus has said in Luke 9:62, “He that putteth forth his hand to the plow and looketh back is not fit for the kingdom.” It was not enough to be better than the Sodomites were, or even to go out of the city. Unless we flee to the place of refuge in GOD’S APPOINTED WAY, we will perish. RememberLot’s wife!
The place of refuge for us is in Christ Jesus. In Christ alone is salvation (Acts4:12). Every spiritual blessing is in Him. (Eph. 1:3) The way into Him is plainly given in Romans 6:3-4 and Gal. 3:26-27. It is amazing that for almost 60 years I have heard preachers of many denominations, and not one single time do I recall ever hearing ONE of them tell lost men how to get into Christ! The last step in the process is baptism, but one can not take the last step unless he is a penitent believer. But then, one must abide in Him, for Jesus said in John 15:6, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
You do not need to perish, for 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that “God is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Do it, then do not look back. RememberLot’s wife!