One of the biggest mistakes that Abram’s son-in-law, Lot, did was moving to Sodom. It was soon after that this move that Lot was captured and thankfully rescued by Abram his uncle. Then, soon after that, we know that the city of Sodom was destroyed by fire because of their wickedness. Even in this chapter of Genesis, chapter 13, we learn that Lot must have known that the city of Sodom was wicked, but still, he took residence there with his wife, and his children. This happened after a scuffle with his uncle, since both of their herds were to big for the land they were in. Abram settled this and this is what happened… “And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.” (Genesis 13:7-9) They should each go different directions but stay in the same land.
What happened next was Lot’s biggest mistake of his life. Instead of staying in the land of Bethel and Hai, he looked and saw Sodom in the plains of Jordan and decided to live there instead. At the time, the city must have been all the rage, like we see Los Angeles and New York City today. However, much like the cities I just mentioned, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, pornography, and abortion runs ramped. Therefore, they are also so wicked. It is written that “Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” (Genesis 13:10-13) According to this story, here is what I would say now. Unless you are an evangelist for Christ, then stay out of cities where you know there is much wickedness upon the land. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will keep me in Your loving arms, not just now, but all the rest of my days. Help me to stand up for Your cause, that I might not fall victim to the evil schemes of this world. I don’t want to ever be wrapped up in anything that will drive away the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I ask and plead, my Lord, to lead me from temptation. Be my shield and my sword. The enemy is no match to the power of God in my life. Make Your home in my heart, my Lord and, my God. Rest awhile with me. Dine with me tonight. I am here for You, Lord. Nothing I have now is more important than to be with You. Take anything I have and either cast it off far from me or use it for Your glory. I don’t want to keep anything that will cause a rift between You and I. Speak peace to my life and give me wisdom. Help me to be a better husband and father to my two daughters. My beautiful wife and children are a blessing from the heavens. The gift of life is a treasure that I will continue to give thanks for now and the rest of my days. Although this life is short and one day I will pass on to the grave, along with my wife, and my children, I will rest in the life You gave me. I love You, Jesus. I trust in You, Lord. Amen.