These are some humorous stories about Lot's wife. But what happened to her is not funny at all. When Lot’s wife “looked” back on Sodom it was with longing. She yearned for life to go on as it had. Apparently she had no qualms about living in such a sinfully filthy place as Sodom. But as she looked back, the judgment meant for Sodom’s inhabitants overtook her. Either God miraculously turned her skin and bones into a salt deposit or the salty sulfur falling from the sky buried her where she stood, the way the ash from Mt. Vesuvius buried people in Pompey.
We need to take this as a warning and remember Lot’s wife when we think we can hold to heaven’s treasures and this world’s trash at the same time. It doesn’t work. Sooner or later we won’t be content to hold on to this world’s trash with one hand. We’ll want more – more house, more car, more toys and then we are in danger of letting go of heaven without even realizing it to reach for this world’s junk with both hands. That kind move will only bring trouble.
Our greatest treasure is the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus our Savior. This forgiveness assures us of peace with God, that glorious peace that surpasses all understanding. May we hold to our Lord and his Word every day.
I look forward to seeing you in church this weekend as the Lord comes to us through his Word. May our hearts always yearn to give our God his praises.
Pastor Martin Spaude