When God rescued and preserved Lot and his family from His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord commanded them to flee and not look back (Genesis 19:22). Unfortunately Lot’s wife did, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. Looking back on past dead things, sin, and what God has delivered you from can be deadly.
Looking back, which is reaching back, is not the same as remembering. There are times when the Lord commands us to “put Him in remembrance of His Word” concerning us (Isaiah 43:26). This is for the purpose of remembering the Lord’s faithfulness to us in all the times He rescued us, kept us safe, provided for us, and saw us through difficult times. Many times, the Psalmist King David remembered the goodness of the Lord. However, looking back the way Lot’s wife did is a destiny-killer.
The Hebrew word for “looked” as used in this verse is nabat (pr. naw-bat), which means “to look intently at” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “intently” as “the state of mind with which an act is done, volition”; and further defines “volition” as “an act of making a choice or decision, will, desire.” Lot’s wife was “behind,” which is achor (pr. akh-ar)¸and means “pursuing, to engage in.” Even though the Lord had delivered Lot’s family from their destructive past (the moment they left the city, it became the past); Lot’s wife maintained a posture, a position, of pursuing and engaging the very destruction that God was attempting to deliver them from. Her will was for destruction; and because God will never violate our free will, she became what she willed.
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With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,