“Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).
What about Lot’s wife? She stands as the everlasting witness of the danger of not obeying the word of the Lord. She is like many souls who would like to be saved, but have not reached the point of safety. The Lord says to such, “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Did she want to be saved? Yes. Did she wish to escape destruction? Yes. Did she look like she might escape it? Yes. Did she escape it? No! She could have been saved, but she was not. She appeared to leave the city, and appeared to be going to the mountain of safety, but her heart wasn’t in it. She didn’t really believe the judgment was coming, so she looked back and perished. “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Before God judges, He always warns. Do you know, my friend, that judgment is coming? Jesus said, “as it was in the days of Lot … even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30). This world is like a convicted murderer, sentenced to death. We bring to you a warning of the judgment that is coming. We also bring the good news that there is a way of escape for you: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God’s own Son stepped into this world, and has done a work on the cross whereby the sinner may escape God’s wrath. Jesus died on the cross for your sins and mine, and rose from the grave to prove that He has accomplished the victory over sin and death. The very fact that God sent His Son to die for us is irrefutable proof that we are lost, hopeless sinners in need of His salvation. How shall we escape the judgment of God if we “neglect so great salvation”? (Hebrews 2:3).
Do you say, “I will think about it. I will consider what you say”? Then I say to you again, “Remember Lot’s wife.” O, my friend, escape for your life and flee to the mountain! Let not your soul have rest until you own your sin, confess your guilt, and come to Jesus by faith. He will receive you, pardon you, and you shall know His salvation—security and tranquility like you’ve never experienced.
“Flee from the wrath to come” (Matthew 3:7).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
—W.T.P. Wolston, adapted.