10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere– this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah– like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. Genesis 13:10*
We’ve all heard these when we were kids:
“Don’t touch the stove to pot, you’ll burn yourself.”
“Don’t cross the street without me!”
“Make sure you wear your helmet when you ride your bike.”
“You don’t want a bee bee gun, you shoot your eye out!”
“Don’t jump from that tree!”
Or my personal favorite, which I wish I would have listened:
“Don’t stand on the ant hill!”
Just like those warnings our moms would try to give us, there are Christians who, like Lot, are looking towards sin or a sinful lifestyle and trying to live as close to the edge as possible.
I don’t know anything about Lot except that he is called Abraham’s nephew, that he went with his uncle on the journey to the promised land and that while with Abraham, he was blessed financially. **
I also know that he did not have control of his clan because they fought with Abraham’s tribe which shows me a few things:
~ Lot was not there for Abraham. He was there for himself. He only used Abraham’s blessings to make himself rich.
~ Second thing, there was pride in Lot and his family. How do I know this? He did not have his uncle choose his land first. Lot looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah and saw that it was good. Sound familiar? Didn’t Eve do the same thing?***
~ Third thing, What do Sodom, Gomorrah have in common with the sun?
Ask the wicked people of those two cities. They were sinful, and like Lot, who got too close to the sinfulness of life, he and his family almost got burned…
You see, a person can pretend like Lot, to try to do some good where wickedness is. But if one gets too close to depravity, it seems always to pull you in.
Why? Because sin always wants to draw one in!
I don’t care who you are and what excuses you want to make. Like Lot, you can say how incredible and pleasing a city or person or organization or group of friends are but if they are drawing you to compromise God’s morals and standards than you better run in the opposite direction. Because sooner or later, you will be running in the opposite direction of that sin, trying desperately to get your life with Christ back to normal…