I use to work at Denny's one night a week. I saw it as a way to pray for people I normally never would have. (It was the hang out for the young teenage satanists in my town.) Something that always struck me was almost every old couple who come in would order the same meal as each other. It just goes to show the more you are around someone, the more you become like them. Something Scripture makes very clear.
We have every reason to believe Lot's wife had similar values and desires as her husband, the friend of the world. Her story is told in Genesis 19. Right before her story, Jesus and two angels appeared to Abraham and as a 99 year old man, he runs to serve them, and finds out the Lord is going to destroy Sodom. Abraham pleads for the Lord not too destroy it if there is found 10 righteous. There is not 10 righteous and the two angels go to rescue Lot before the city is burned. Jesus does not go with the angels since friendship with the world means no intimacy with the Lord. The angels approach the city and Lot strongly insisted they stay with him (knowing how vile the city is). That night men from every part of the city, young and old surround his house yelling for Lot to send the men so they could rape them.
What would you do at this point? What would you do if you were Lot's wife?
Lot goes out to the men and says, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men..." What a creep! I don't like him.
Now what would you do if you were Lot's wife?
The angels pull him back in the house and struck all the men with blindness so they couldn't figure out how to get in the house. Smart move. They explain the Lord is about the burn down the city and him, his wife and daughters have to go. But Lot hesitates and the angels yanked him and his wife by the arm and led the family out of the city saying, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain!..."
"The Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah... destroying all those living in the cities-and also all the vegetation in the land. But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt." She looked back. It just goes to show how a spiritual decline happens slowly yet drastically. We are capable of being so far from God that we desire and long for places that in any other state of mind (or place) we would recognize as horrid. Just as Lot's wife, apart from the Lord we are capable of spiritual blindness and a deceitful heart that longs for evil. How desperate we are for the Lord's strength and our hearts and desires to be aligned with His.
But how? What would that practically look like?
This post part of the series
Check out other posts in this series:
Potiphar's Wife; Life Unrestrained
Woman at the Well; Experiencing God's Grace
Rahab; Ms. Courageous meet Prince Charming
Damaris; Counted Among Them
Eunice and her faithful reward
Midwives; What they have in common with Chick-fil-a and Cake
Miriam; What's the big deal with dishonor?
Dinah; When life is bigger than you imagined