Background: Genesis 19:1-3, 12-26
Key Verse: But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 ESV
Imagine having a great opportunity. You have dreamed of this. You have prayed about this. But when the opportunity comes, you question whether you should take it. You ask, “What if this happens? What will happen if I leave? What will happen to those I know? How would others feel?” You have so many questions about what would happen you let the time pass. Now, the opportunity will never become available again.
Two angels visited the city of Sodom. Sodom was rampant with unrighteousness. As the angels, who appeared as men, were entering the city by the gate, Lot saw them. Not knowing they were angels, Lot urged them to stay in his home. Lot knew how wicked the people were in the city. The angels were refusing, but Lot insisted. As a result, the angels agreed.
Later, the angels revealed to Lot that they had come to destroy the city, but before destroying the city, they wanted to give Lot and his family a chance to escape. So, Lot went to his future sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters. He warned them of what was to happen. They did not believe him. They thought it was a joke.
Hesitant, Lot was slow in his efforts to leave, so out of mercy, the angels grabbed Lot’s hand as well as the hands of his wife and daughters and whisked them outside the city. They told them to run. They told them not to look back and do not stay anywhere in the valley. The angels told them to escape to the hills, but Lot did not feel he could arrive fast enough. Lot asked if he could escape to the city of Zoar. The angels granted Lot’s request. So, Lot, his wife, and daughters ran. But Lot’s wife looked back, and instantly she became a pillar of salt. Lot and his daughters were the only ones to survive the destruction. Using sulfur and fire, God destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah, and the valley. Everyone and everything, even the grass was destroyed by fire.
- Have you ever prayed for God to help you obtain something and He gave it to you? How did you react?
- Why do we question when great opportunities come into our lives, even when we desire them?
- Are all opportunities great opportunities? How do we decide?
- Have you ever told someone something serious, but they took it as a joke? Were there consequences as a result?
- In our story, Lot knew what was going to happen. God allowed him to live. Why was he slow to leave?
- Sometimes, God prompts us to move, but we don’t move. When he gives us another opportunity, this is grace. How has God been gracious to you in regards to opportunity?
- Sometimes, we see opportunities as too hard to obtain, like Lot trying to reach the designated area of safety. What do we need to do?
- Lot’s wife knew that she should not have looked back, but she did anyway. Why do you think she did?
- Do you think people’s lives end because they look back like Lot’s wife? In what way?
- Why do we look back when God is pushing us forward toward better things?
- Can you walk forward while looking back? If you try it, what is ahead? Why should you not do this?
- How do you think looking back affects your salvation?
- Looking at what happened in this story, what do you think you will do differently in your life?
What does the bible say about opportunities?
- Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62 ESV
- Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV
- Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
- You cannot move ahead looking back.
- Your actions show what you value more. Will you value what God has ahead or hold on to what is comfortable?
- Even with a destructive past, God can move you to a prosperous future.