Lot was the nephew of the patriarch, Abraham; and Lot went with him to Canaan.
They eventually had to decide to part ways because they had both been blessed so much by God… and the land could not hold all they had. Abraham gave Lot the choice as to which way to go; Lot chose the lush valley of the Jordan River… maybe he was attracted to the “bright lights” of the cities named Sodom and Gomorrah.
Sodom (and Gomorrah) was a wicked city, and eventually God destroyed it by raining down sulfur on it. But, before He did, He sent 2 angels to lead Lot’s family to safety away from the city.
She was so close to safety. Gulping and gagging sulfur-filled air, she frantically followed her husband through the smoke… possibly hand in hand. Then something caused her to look back.
Lot’s wife disobeyed the warning of the angels not to look back. She looked back… and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Lot’s wife is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible, but her actions and punishment raise lots of questions. Did she look back longingly at what she was leaving? Or did she look back to see the punishment that was befalling those who did not escape Sodom?
We’re not told why she looked back, but one thing we know. When God leads us away from sin and its consequences, there is nothing to be gained by looking back.
You can read the story of Lot’s family’s escape in Genesis 18:1—19:29.
You can read of Lot’s wife in Genesis 19:17,26.