Don’t Be Salty: A Different Look at the Story of Lot’s Wife

Don’t Be Salty: A Different Look at the Story of Lot’s Wife

Abraham. This family is instructed to run and never look back.

Not too long ago, there was a popular colloquialism called “being salty” that reverberated everywhere. Trust me, this term did not refer to an overabundance of sodium on a particular food item.

Instead, this popular saying referred to a person who was overtaken by jealousy, envy, and embitterment.

Ok back to the scripture…

Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a column of salt.”

Genesis 19:23 GW

Lot’s wife, who I think was intentionally left unnamed, serves as a constant reminder for us. She lived in a very toxic environment with her low-down husband, Lot (The man offered his daughters to be gang-raped), and their children. As a matter of fact, in this story, God instructed the angels to spare and save Lot’s family because of Lot’s uncle, Abraham.

Now we must not judge Lots’ wife because she made the decision to look back. Let me give you an example.

(Insert your name here) looked back and turned into a column of salt. No, you didn’t physically turn into a column of salt, but maybe you have become bitter, resentful, hard-hearted, and unforgiving because you continue to look back. I think most of us realize that looking back at past hurts, disappointments, failures, shouldas, couldas, and wouldas has the same effect…saltiness.

In a logical and physical sense,  the overconsumption of everyday salt leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and a number of other illnesses and complaints. Right?

Well, looking back and constantly reliving the experiences which you were meant to go through produces the same effect!

[Tweet theme=”basic-full”]Spiritual issues can and will produce physical issues if you don’t quickly check them and deal with them.[/Tweet]

If you can come to the realization that your past is designed to lead you into the next phase of life, you can go forward. However, you have to move forward with a clear destination and make sure that your destination isn’t “too small”. 

In Genesis 19:22-23, Lot asked to stop in Zoar, (Zoar means small by the way), in spite of the fact that God instructed him to go into the hills.

We are neither meant to remain stagnant nor to regress, yet when we continuously think too little of ourselves, we long for what used to be, for it has become comfortable.

For this reason, I believe the saltiness we feel is often because our current dwelling is much too small to fulfill our destiny.

We’ve sold ourselves short. Period.

We look back…

BREAKING NEWS! Growth is not comfortable.

Ask the pregnant woman whose body is growing to birth her blessing (This is what your past experiences were designed to do for you–birth your blessing). You can never get where you are going if you stay where you are or keep looking back.

The three words that were highlighted at the beginning of this post were overabundance, overtaken, and overconsumption. Did you notice that they have something in common? They begin with the word over. 

You can begin again when you accept what is over and stop being so salty.

What are you silently salty about? Is it time to let it go?

Is it time to stop looking back?

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about it.


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  1. October 24, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Love this idea, and a great post to start it off! This was a great reminder that in order to move on from my past I must let go and let God. He doesn’t want me living a salty life, and quite frankly neither do I. Thank you for reminding me of that.


  2. June 17, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Thanks for this very inspirational blog post. I love how you put all the ideas together and sharing your insights with us is really great. When I read the bible, some passages are really hard to understand and I am thankful for people like you who give time to share thoughts on the worda of God. By the way, whats your favorite bible verse?

    • Iyna Barnes
      August 29, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      I’m sorry that I am just now seeing this. My favorite Bible verse, as of now, would by Jeremiah 29:11-14. My favorite scriptures change from time to time, depending on what is going on in my life, but right now, and for the immediate past–this scripture has been my go to!

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