So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed” . . . But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:17, 26, NKJV) The story of Lot and his family fleeing Sodom before its destruction is familiar, but in many ways I find it puzzling. I have a lot of questions I’d like to ask Lot. Why did you choose to move to Sodom? Was it…
“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26). “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). I have always found the story of Lot a bit curious. We know that this nephew of Abraham accompanied his uncle from Haran to Canaan (Genesis 12). Both men must have been wealthy, for eventually the land could not sustain both Abraham’s and Lot’s flocks and herds. The two men had to separate, and Abraham gave Lot first choice on where to go. “And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well…
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Jesus made this statement in response to some people who said they wanted to follow Him but had other things they wished to do first, like spend more time with their friends, or wait until their parents were dead. They claimed they wanted to follow Jesus and be His disciples, but they wanted to do it on their terms.
How often people today are moved in a service, convicted of their sins, and cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. But when faced with trials and discouragements, or when realizing they must give up some things to follow Jesus, they are not willing to pay the full price.
To fully follow Jesus, we must be willing to lay aside everything else, and give ourselves wholly to Him. It’s all or nothing with Him. But when we learn to love Him with all our hearts, it is no sacrifice to give all to Him.
There is no turning back, once we have decided to follow Him. There will be obstacles and discouragements, but we can rest assured, that He will always be there for us, giving us the strength that we need.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to never look back, but follow you fully.
Devotion by Anne Johnston