Remember that she was the wife of Abraham’s nephew, and had been part of Abraham’s extended family. That meant she had been exposed to the gospel and was a privileged person spiritually, for millions had not heard of the God of Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob. She had seen the power of God. She had heard of Abraham’s great call. Jesus said to whom much is given, much is required.
Remember what a wrong marriage could do. Lot’s wife was a Canaanite, which means that Lot was unequally yoked to a woman outside the covenant of faith. It is always best to wait on the man or woman of God’s choice rather than to rush out into the world, and find someone that will not share your religious faith and values. People are destroyed by marrying people who influence them in the wrong way.
Remember the sin of Lot’s wife. It was not a small sin. It was not an innocent sin, for it had far reaching implications and eternal consequences. Her sin represented unbelief over truth and righteousness. It represented a heart that longed for the world, and so was never fully separated unto God. It represented rebellion against the goodness and mercy of God who sent two angels to deliver her from sin and destruction, but she did not value her salvation. She looked back.
Remember that Lot’s wife was almost, but not altogether, saved. Had she continued with Lot to Zoar, she would have been saved from the wrath of God which fell on Sodom and Gomorrah. In like manner, any person who flees to Christ will be saved from the wrath of God which falls on all who reject His way of salvation and deliverance. King Agrippa heard the apostle Paul preach, and said unto Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28). How tragic. Many people are almost, but not altogether persuaded to be a Christian, and so they perish. They might not turn into a pillar of salt, but they will be turned into Hell.
Remember that Lot’s wife was offered salvation. Jesus said that Abraham rejoiced to see His day (John 8:56). And if Abraham had a glimpse of the glory to come in the person of Christ, so did members of his household. You and I are offered Christ. Do not turn Him away. The tragedy of Lot’s wife is what might have been.
Remember that God always warns people. Grace precedes judgment. There was a great flood in Johnston, Pa in 1936. The rain started to fall on March 9, and did not stop until March 22. The people in the area were warned to flee by loud whistle blasts and sirens, but many did not take advantage of the opportunity to be saved, and lost everything to flood waters.
Remember that when God warns, there is danger in delay. “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Cor. 6:2). Do not put off the day of salvation. “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Prov. 29:1).