Remember Lot’s Wife

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 20

imagesInstead of playing the game Trivial Pursuit, many live trivial pursuit. Lot’s wife did, and she missed the Big Event–though she was a memorable part of it.

Jesus uses the stories of Noah and of Lot and his wife to teach the urgency of being prepared for death and judgment: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all . . . . Remember Lot’s wife” (Lk. 17:26-29, 32).

Lot’s wife was not prepared for the unexpected. Let’s imagine together what life must have been like for the wife of a city council member by re-constructing her Daytimer:

6:45 – Relax over a cup of favorite coffee, light a candle for mood enhancement
7:00 – Do a few exercises in a “life is good” t-shirt
7:30 – Get hubby off to work and kids off to school
8:00 – Check Facebook, make bed and do light housework (if time allows)
8:15 – Get dressed for a busy morning
9:00 – Manicure and pedicure (maybe even a facial, if time allows)
11:30 – Join friends for a light lunch and a bit of shopping
3:00 – Stop by the grocery store for dinner ingredients
4:30 – Change Facebook profile to include photos taken at the ballgame the previous weekend while kids do their homework
5:00 – Prepare dinner and put a load of clothes in the washing machine
6:00 – Eat dinner with hubby and kids
6:45 – Change into new jeans picked up earlier in the day, set out snacks for Bunco party
7:00 – Bunco with friends
10:30 – Check Facebook. Research Botox, tummy tuck, laser procedures.
11:30 – Lights out

Lot’s wife was unprepared. Fire consumed her life and she became a pillar of salt.

It’s not that Lot’s wife was a particularly bad woman, but that God, who created her, wasn’t a part of her life at all! She was “alienated from the life of God” (Eph. 4:18), and walked “according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience . . . fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” (2:2-3).
Time. Everyone has the same amount. You may waste it, like Lot’s wife. Or, you may discover God’s agenda for your life and for your day.

Lot’s wife could be anyone of us. That’s why Jesus uses her as an example of what not to be. So, as you go about your day, remember Lot’s wife.

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Jn. 11:38-57; Lk. 17:11-18:8):
According to John 11:47-48, what motivates the chief priests and Pharisees to plot Jesus’ death? What does this reveal about those who seek to do away with Jesus?
In the story about the ten lepers, what does the return of the tenth leper reveal about human nature?
Jesus answers the Pharisees’ question regarding the advent of the kingdom of God, but it is to the disciples that Jesus elaborates His answer. What observation does He give them that will inaugurate the kingdom of God?