Monday, September 01, 2008

Genesis 19:23-26 Finishing Well

Genesis 19:23-26: The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back; and she became a pillar of salt.

The day’s activities began back in verse 15 when the morning had dawn. It took Lot until about noon to plea his case for not escaping to the mountains and then to get to Zoar. It was only after he and his family safely arrived there that God commenced His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The text says He rained down brimstone and fire from heaven. Those two cities along with all the others in the valley and their inhabitants and vegetation were completely destroyed save and except those in the city of Zoar including Lot, his two daughters, and his wife. God took them to safety.

And then man’s “But” comes once again into the picture. Though safety was hers to enjoy, Lot’s wife decided to give in to her human curiosity or desire or stubbornness and she disobeyed the command of God’s angels. She looked back, unbeknown to Lot, and she was swept away becoming a pillar of salt. Lot’s wife obeyed her husband, left Sodom, took refuge as allowed by God, but she did not finish well. She had the future she needed within her reach, but she did not hold on.

Many fail in the same way. We often hear of people who “had it all, but blew it”. As I face my seventh decade of life, my greatest fear is, that because of all the possibilities that are beyond my control – health, loss of a loved one, financial difficulty, relationship breakdown, etc. (all either my own or that of those I love), – I will lose it. I will turn to my own way just when I am so close to finishing with Him. Throughout modern history, the true Christian’s desire is to finish well. Lot’s wife has always served as a vivid reminder of our need to stay focused on Him who delivers us to the safety and life we need.

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