23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot reached Zoar. 24 Then out of the sky the Lord rained burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord. 25 He demolished these cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground. 26 But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities because they rejected the Lord in their hearts and filled it with all types of lust and satisfaction of the flesh. They chose death instead of life. Lot’s wife looking back meant that she rejected God’s love and gave her love to the world instead. She left the city physically but her heart stayed in Sodom. Her heart was never the Lord’s even though God rescued her, she chose the world. Since she rejected the Lord, the Lord in turn rejected her and she met her doom along with Sodom and Gomorrah that faithful day.
Why did God turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt? The answer is found in:
Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.”
Salt has two main qualities, preservation and flavor which preserves and gives good taste to any type of food when added to. As Christians, when we are right before God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, God uses us to preserve and give flavor or meaning to the person with whom we are sharing the gospel with. God’s Word will preserve their life by convicting them of their sins and revealing that Jesus died for them on the cross and on the third day He rose from the grave. The gospel will season them with flavor (meaning) so that they may know God’s purposes for their life.
Let’s not be like Lot’s wife who rejected the Lord God almighty and was eternally lost but let’s hold on tightly to Jesus Christ who will never leave us or forsake us. Let’s choose to hold on to Life rather than be a flavorless salt which is only good for being trampled on and useless to God like the life of Lot’s wife was.