Genesis 14 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities of the valley and set up his tent near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were evil, sinning greatly against the L_rd.” Gen 13: 12-13
“The four kings took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and went on. They also took Abraham’s nephew Lot and his possessions for he was living in Sodom, and they went on.” Genesis 14:11-12
Here is a familiar scenario. A well-intended believer unplugs from G_dly community and sets out on his own. OK, I confess there was a time in my life when I was a “Lot.” Some call it youthful pride or a strong-willed independent nature. G_d calls it compromise, and sin.
Soon after leaving Egypt, burdened by their collective abundance, it became apparent to Abram that he and Lot must separate. Lot chooses the well-watered plain, and camps in all the cities “near” Sodom. Eventually, Lot settled in Sodom. Sodom “absorbed” Lot, as it were. Let this be a warning to all who desire to affiliate with worldliness. You will eventually become so worldly-minded that you’re no Heavenly good! Consider this pattern from scripture:
“Happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of the mockers!” Psalm 1:1
That’s Lot’s inevitable story, but let’s take a closer look at his back-story. An orphan, seeking a father figure, he settles on Uncle Abram. Abram receives the call of G_d, and Lot tags along. So far, so good. Where did Lot go astray? I believe some of the blame rests on Abram.
Everything seemed to be going fine, until Abram led the whole troop into a lying compromise in Egypt. The moral injustice, of Abram’s having profited from a lie (Sarah is my “sister”), had to have left a profound impact on Lot. Furthermore, the “abundance” gained from Abram’s sin is the exact source of Lot’s and his conflict. Unjust gain led to unnecessary conflict and the eventual break-up of the extended family. It is also possible that Abram’s bailout of Lot was, (at least, partially) motivated by guilt over how things turned out as a result of Abram’s deception in Egypt. Lot was simply expanding on what he has observed Abram do: Operating out of fear, compromise, and half-truths.
For all who seek to lead, let this be a sober warning: When we turn away from the L_rd’s path, those who follow us turn right along with us.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, January 24, 2014