If you had been told by 2 angels to escape for your life and not look around, I’m sure you would have run hard and long and certainly not looked around. Not so Lot’s wife.
God was raining fire and brimstone on the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and 2 angels came to rescue Lot and his loved ones. They grabbed a hand of his 2 daughters, his wife and Lot and hurried them out of the city and told them to run and not look back. We are told his wife didn’t just glance back –she lagged behind them and gazed upon the flaming sulphur falling from the sky and right there and then she was petrified in salt, standing like a statue overlooking the area near the Dead Sea (Gen. 19).
We never hear of this nameless woman again in the Bible until we are given the comment by Jesus in the context of being ready every day for Him when He returns.
“Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.
Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:28-32).
Jesus told us to not to be so attached to the things in our lives that they become more important than Jesus. Since destruction is about to overtake this godless world we need to keep our eyes on Jesus.
As we await the coming of Jesus to this earth again we are not to ponder the things of this life but “when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”(Luke 21:28).