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Text:: “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” - Hebrews 4:1, 2.

Comment: In his detailed exposition on faith, Apostle Paul defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. In the verse following, he posited that it was by reason of this noble virtue that the patriarchs and matriarchs of old have been recorded in the positive side of history. - Hebrews 11:1,2.

That Lot's wife literally looked back in gross violation of the stern warning given her, as well as the consequence she was quite aware of, was an evidence of disbelief. Having put her hand to the plough, she looked back, and rendered herself undeserving of Jehovah's favour. - Luke 9:62.

With the fire already consuming the city as foretold by the angels, faith in God's providence could have propelled her to believe that God Who made them to prosper in a strange land would be able also to replenish what had been lost. We should recall that Job the prophet lost everything but “the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning”. - Job 42:12.

It is expected of us therefore to set our hearts on things spiritual, prioritizing the progress of theocracy over material pursuits. (Hebrews 2: 1-3) In the words of Bildad, “If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, (early) and make thy supplication to the Almighty”, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” - Job 8:5, 7.

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