God has a plan for me, a plan of good and not of evil, a plan to prosper me and to give me a future.

Genesis 19:23-26

23 The sun went out over the land, and Lot entered Zoar.

24 And (then The Lord) Yahweh rained sulphur[1] and fire on Sodom and on Gomorrah from the heavens … from (The Lord) Yahweh. 25 He overthrew[2] these cities, all the plain[3], all the inhabitants of the cities and (all that) sprang up[4] (on) the ground.26 But, his wife looked behind her, and she became a pillar[5] of salt[6].

Application

So, Lot, his wife and his two daughters set out as the sun continued to go out over the land, and they entered the small city of Zoar.  They appeared to be already safe.  It seemed that they had all escaped the carnage, which was to come on Sodom and Gomorrah…

And the carnage certainly came.  Yahweh, Himself, rained sulphur and fire onto the cities of the plain and completely destroyed everything living or standing on the whole of the land…. But, Lot’s wife looked back, and it was a bad mistake…  Was Lot’s wife lagging behind, or had she entered Zoar with Lot and her daughters?  Did she decide that she didn’t like Zoar and was heading back to her lovely home in Sodom?  Who knows?  But, she looked behind her, and became a pillar of salt.

God has a plan for me, a plan of good and not of evil, a plan to prosper me and to give me a future.  His plan is always going to be better than my plan for myself… even though sometimes I won’t be able to see what that plan is or know what I’m supposed to do next.  However, I will always have the last thing that God told me to do, and I need to do that without ever looking back.  It seems to me that looking back, after engaging with God, is a dangerous exercise.

Prayer

Father, please teach me what to do, what to say and how to do and say it.  Please lead me on Your paths and help me never to look back… In fact, please forgive me for all the times that I have looked back, and help me not to do so again.  Please give me Your vision, and help me to be focussed on You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] גָפְרִית – gaphriyth – Strongs 1614 – (n . f) – “brimstone/sulfur … associated with judgement and punishment”

[2] הָפַךְ – haphak – Strongs 2015 – (v) – “overthrow/be destroyed/turn/be overwhelmed/get down/change shape/go back and forth/unreliable/overturn/change/transform/turn over/upturn/transform oneself/turn this way and that/to turn on someone/be overwhelmed/be weak/unreliable/retuen/be flipped over/”

[3] כִּכָּר – kikkar – Strongs 3603 – (n . f) – “talent/talents/round/round district/round loaf/round weight/cake/cover/district/loaf/loaves/plain/valley”

[4] צָמַח – tsamach – Strongs 6779 – (v) – “to sprout/spring up/to grow abundantly or thickly/to cause to grow/to cause to sprout/grow/growing/grown/springs/sping forth/sprouted/sprout up/exist/cause completion/happen … sprout/sprout up/spring up/happen/exit/ [Qal] … grow/grow abundantly [Piel] … cause to grow/casue completion/bring to fruition/cause to sprout [Hifil]

[5] נְצִיב – nâtsiyb – Strongs 5333 – (n . m) – “set over/something placed/pillar/column/prefect/garrison/post/prefect/deputy/officers”

[6] מֶלַח – melach – Strongs 4417 – (n . m) – “salt”