The Lady Who Looked Back

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 19:24-26

But Lot’s wife . . . looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (v. 26)

A pastor hereabouts lost his job and was publicly humiliated when it was discovered
that for years he had been viewing pornography on his computer. He tearfully confessed
that although he had repeatedly vowed to give up his addiction, he kept turning back to
it. Reading the story in the newspaper, I was reminded of the words of Jesus, “Remember
Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

Lot’s wife has come to symbolize people so entangled in sin that they cannot quite let
go. They keep turning back. How easily a backward glance can reignite passions we thought
had been long extinguished. If a candle is blown out, a tendril of smoke will rise from
the wick. Touch a match to the smoke and the fire will run down the smoke and set the wick
burning again. How often we longingly look back on some vice we thought we’d conquered,
and the old flame is lit anew, and we realize that we’re the ones who have been
conquered.

Some of us are in the throes of bedeviling temptations that seem to know us by name and
attack us again and again at the point of our greatest weakness. But in Jesus Christ we
have the power to make a clean break with old temptations.

Make the break, and don’t turn back. Remember Lot’s wife.

PRAYER

Lord, make me strong. Amen.