32Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. 

Luke 17:32-33

Remember what happened to Lot’s wife. What happened?

Lot was Abraham’s nephew who traveled with him to the land of Canaan. (See Genesis 13) At one point, because together they had too many flocks and herds, the two men separated. Lot went to the fertile valley of Jordan and camped near Sodom while Abraham took the land of Canaan.

The people of the Jordan Valley were described like this:

13But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.

Genesis 13:13

Eventually, Lot moved into town.

The wickedness of the place came before the Lord and he planned to destroy the people and villages of the Jordan Valley. He shared his plan with Abraham, giving him the opportunity to intercede for the people which he did. It’s fascinating to read so check out Genesis 18.

Sadly, the only righteous people were Lot, his wife and two daughters. As they escaped the destruction from heaven, Lot’s wife looked back to the city.

I always felt her looking back was more than just wanting to know what was happening. I believe her heart longed for what she left behind, in spite of the fact it meant death.

32Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. 

Luke 17:32-33

Today remember this warning. If you cling to what seems like life to you, you will lose what is truly life! If you let go of your life and receive LIFE, you will know what it means to truly live!

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