Ever wondered why and how Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt in the blink of an eye? Can you imagine yourself in the shoes of Lot’s wife?
What if I gave you a hint of instances where you literally became a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife?
You must be wondering how, yet you’re still alive and breathing!
Well, Lot’s wife was a dead pillar of salt.
Did you know it’s possible to be a living pillar of salt?
Long story short. Through the angels who visited Lot, God asked Lot to Leave Sodom and Gomorrah with his family to safer grounds (Genesis 19: 23-29).
God already had enough of the mischief surrounding Sodom and Gomorrah. He wanted to save Lot and his family from His wrath. Along the way, Lot’s wife looked back and dried up into a pillar of salt as Lot proceeded with his daughters!
Now, let’s get down to the three lessons we learn from the story of Lot’s wife.
Exit from Sodom and Gomorrah
Lot’s wife becomes the pillar of salt.
The settling of Lot and his daughters in their new place.
The story of Lot’s wife looks like something that only happened once until you realize it happens often.
And this is how!
Lot’s Wives in Church
One Sunday afternoon I walked into the Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer session and took my position. As the praise and worship team was buzzing with lyrical tones, the crowd looked bored. I enjoyed the tunes and tried to praise the Lord to the top of my voice. Sadly, I was more alone. I could only hear a few voices from the crowd. Looked like the praise and worship team, and the crowd were two separate entities!
Most people were clapping and singing involuntarily. Their hands were too heavy to clap. They moved their lips, but you wouldn’t hear what they were mumbling!
Suddenly, I thought of Lot’s wife and remembered, walking on the Lord’s path is not a walk in the park. They want to, but they are struggling!
Then I thought of relating the story of Lot’s wife to our lives today in three simple steps.
Exit from Sodom and Gomorrah
We all have been to Sodom and Gomorrah in different ways. Lot and his family lived among spiritual defaulters in Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord lost His patience and chose to save His people (Lot and his family).
They took off the journey. We would assume Lot’s wife looked back out of curiosity to see what would happen to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Now, let’s look at it from a spiritual journey perspective.
Refer to the dull crowd in church.
When we pray, God takes it upon Himself to remove us from the different Sodom's and Gomorrah's we might be suffering from. His intention is usually to take us to the place He has destined for us. Unfortunately, we disappoint God a lot when we keep referring to the past (Sodom and Gomorrah).
Inactivity in the church would symbolize a lack of detachment from the past. The mind is still ringing around all sorts of things that annoyed you, made you cry, or messed up your life.
Yes, you have taken the first step to seek the Lord. He has also taken the necessary step to lead you to a place where you can learn tactics that help you become a committed Catholic and enjoy the benefits.
It’s a good opportunity away from your problems. To avoid becoming a pillar of salt, you need to participate fully.
David danced for the Lord until his clothes got torn (2 Samuel 6:14-22).
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9: 7).
Praising the Lord is equivalent to giving back to the Lord. It’s a thanksgiving sacrifice.
Lot’s Wife becoming a Pillar of Salt
Many are the times we find ourselves physically present, but spiritually absent. We tend to walk into the Lord's sanctuary with intentions of offloading our problems to Him but we don’t.
Even after fervently praying and taking the first step, we find ourselves becoming stagnant.
When we unknowingly refuse to release our problems, we become pillars of salt. In essence, we are looking backward like Lot’s wife did. Rigidity forces itself into us and we find no joy in praising the Lord!
How then, can we receive from the Lord?
Practically, salt dissolves in water. As much as the pillar of salt may still exist, that was the Lord’s doing to help us learn from the story of Lot’s wife.
Dwelling in a state of rigidity steals our joy in the Lord.
And who is the thief?
The devil, of course!
You would want to try what works for you to detach yourself from your past pain.
Maybe this trick would do!
Whenever you feel, the past does not want to let go of you, speak to the Lord immediately. Tell Him something like “I don’t want to be a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife. I’d like to get to the place you have destined for me.”
Remember God promised that if we ask, He shall give us.
When in church, never mind who is seated next to you. Focus on the Lord. Sing to the top of your voice. The Lord silently peels off your pain and sorrow as you praise Him.
The settling of Lot and his daughters in their new place
Some of us have prayed for ten, twenty, thirty years and beyond and have not experienced a change in some areas of our lives. If not, things have even gotten worse!
Imagine you left Sodom and Gomorrah in a group of four. You began to intensely seek the Lord with three other friends. Their lives are getting better, yours isn’t.
Would it be too painful to ask you to check if you became a pillar of salt at some point?
God completes His work unless we stop Him. He works alongside us. God does not prepare goodies and presents them to us. We have to take part in our transformation. If we choose to stop, God proceeds with those who are ready to go ahead!
Lot’s wife is not a story that we just read and close our Bibles. We need to keep checking just in case it’s secretly trying to replicate in our lives. We’ve got to be our own enemies to let other enemies into our lives. Enemies only feel comfortable where they are welcome.
When you feel indebted to the painful past, you’re liaising with the enemy.