Today I am thinking of Sodom and Gomorrah. click to view about Lot’s wife from the Bible
Lot was told, by God, to gather up his family, to leave and to not look back. Lot’s wife was so caught up in her surroundings that instead of focusing on God and His plans for her life, she focused on what she was leaving behind. She turned around for just one more look, as God’s wrath was destroying all of the wickedness in that place, instantly she turned into a pillar of salt. No second chance, no way to take back her mistake. She was destroyed, along with the rest of the wickedness, for disobeying God.
As most of us know, salt is used for many things. It is good for food, it gives something that seemed flavorless a delicious perk. It takes bland and makes it savoury. Too much salt can ruin a meal that once was good though, so it must be used in good portion. Salt is good for sores… Like rinsing your mouth with salt water, the taste is plain awful, but the effects cure our mouths from the mouth sores. We throw salt down on ice to melt it off of side walks so we don’t slip and fall and down on roads so we don’t crash our cars. Salt is infact a good thing, but the saying goes something like this…
“Hurtful words hurt as much as pouring salt on an open wound.”
Well, I thought about Lot’s wife and how she caused way too much salt in her own life. Not trusting God and not obeying Him poured salt on her open wound of having to leave what she loved and treasured, to leave her past far behind her. In a way, we do this ourselves to this day. We have a past with many memories, with many struggles, and with many things that have hurt us. We dig up our past, or even someone else’s past, applying salt. It hurts, but in this case it doesn’t heal. If we pull up someone else’s past, that is definitely applying salt to an old wound and it will not make it better. It causes past pain, past regrets, and past failures to resurface. Bringing up things that hurt us in the past in forms of our failures, our unGodly words used to cast someone down, or something we may have physically done that we are ashamed of, pouring salt on those old wounds will not help us heal. We have all made mistakes, that is what the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for. He was our salt on our wound, but portioned just enough to heal us and give us a rebound. So, lets not be like Lot’s wife, so wrapped up in our past that we just keep needing nothing but salt because we never move on to what God has planned for us in our future. We were forgiven the minute we asked and the moment we began to change our behavior. He wants us to cast all of our hurt moments, all our past mistakes, and sadness on Him, to let Him take our pain and give us joy in return. Moving foward is all God has ever wanted for us, not to be wrapped up, always looking back and keeping every wound open, hurting ourselves over and over again by applying salt to something that He tried to heal us from. Use your past as a stepping stone, one step closer in climbing that mountain and reaching the top. When you make it to the top and look at the valley below you’ll be able to say, thank you, Lord, for it was You, I know, who carried me through all my troubles, helped me to become more of the person You created me to be, and helped me every step of the way when I felt like giving up.