“15 As the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.’ 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And as they brought them out, on said, ‘Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.’… 23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven. 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.“-Genesis 19:15-26
If you are like me, then you have probably read this passage (or at least heard about it) before and wondered, “Now, why on earth would Lot’s wife have deliberately disobeyed the angels of the Lord during such a critical time as that? I would have just been grateful for the Lord allowing me to “escape with [my] life” (v. 17). What was she trying to see anyway?”
Well, as I have been studying through this passage lately, I have become convinced that her glance back toward her hometown revealed where her heart really was. Her defiant glance backward showed that her thoughts, affections, and sentiments were still lying there. In otherwords, despite the fact that the Lord had graciously spared her life, she was dwelling over the fact that her home, her posessions, her memories back in Sodom were literally going up in smoke. She was more concerned about those temporal earthly matters than her obedience to the Lord’s command (“Do not look back…” v. 17). Her treasure and her heart were still back in Sodom.