August 1, 2016 Devotional - Lot Is In Trouble!
Lot Is In Trouble!
Abram’s (soon to be Abraham) life and walk with God is the main subject of Genesis 12-25. A secondary character throughout this is Abram’s nephew Lot. Lot was a believer (See 2 Peter 2:6-9), but a believer who made choices that didn’t honor, and were in disobedience to, the Lord.
In Pastor Bill’s message on Sunday we saw how Lot’s choice of where to move his flocks and herds was a bad decision (See Genesis 13:10-13). Our decisions have consequences! Lot chose to be involved with Sodom, where the men were, “wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.” (Genesis 13:13).
Because of this choice, Lot was now involved in the wicked city of Sodom. When Sodom was attacked by a four king confederacy (an alliance of four nations, Genesis 14:8-9), Lot was taken captive as Sodom was defeated.
We need to make prayerful, Biblically-based decisions. Lot should have known better than to have lived in Sodom. We are commanded by God’s Word to be careful about who we associate with. Yes, we are to befriend and reach out to those who do not know the Lord Jesus. But Lot chose to associate with the ungodly and be away from the godly (Abram).
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’” -1 Corinthians 15:33
As you are faced with decisions every day, always remember that your decisions have consequences. For the Christian, we must make sure that we spend time in God’s Word, with God’s people and in prayer first, then we are equipped to reach those who need to know Christ, but not be influenced wrongly by them.
Genesis 14:10 Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell into them. But those who survived fled to the hill country.
Genesis 14:11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed.
Genesis 14:12 They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom.