Exactly his words, these are not, but on Sunday morning, Jerry preached a powerful sermon in which he spoke such sentences as these:
“This escaping woman had safety within her view.”
“She was minutes away from a hellish inferno of destruction.”
“…but she looked back.”
He was referring to Lot’s wife, of course, whose story is in 19 of Genesis.
In verse 17, the angel of the Lord spoke to Lot: “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”
Verse 24: “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.”
Verse 26: “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Jump to the New Testament and Jesus’ own words in Luke 17. He was teaching the second coming of Jesus, warning of problems that would arise, and examining similarities between what would be the last days, and other historical days of destruction. The three words that comprise the entire 32nd verse are profound and startling:
“Remember Lot’s wife.”
One more scripture from Jerry’s sermon is in Hebrews 10:38.
“…but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him…”
And concluding with the next verse.
“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
I take God’s words and His admonitions seriously, having no desire to look back into the inferno of death and destruction. Rather, I rejoice that I can place myself with those who do not draw back, but who are the faithful, forward-looking, overcoming believers!