June 9th, 2018
God Did Not Hide His Utter Distaste for Sodom
Genesis 13:12-13 (KJB) Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
The men of Sodom, or the Sodomites, whom God declared as exceedingly wicked sinners before Him.
God had separated both Abram and Lot from living among these flagrant sins of Sodom. God moved Abram to the land of Canaan and Lot, choosing land for himself, elected to dwell in the plains of Jordan. Though God gave Lot an opportunity to separate himself far from the sin of Sodom, lot chose to place his tent door towards the landscape of this evil city.
Sodom was ever before his eyes.
Do you think your circumstances and the people you hang out with do not matter? Think again, God is clear in His divine dealings with Sodom and Gomorrah and in the lives of both Abraham and Lot for showing us that the sum of our surroundings and separation from sin play a big part in our willingness to agree with God and to live obediently.
Though Lot had every opportunity to completely remove himself from the presence of this wicked sin, Lot chose to “hang on to” or be ever near this wickedness. God lead him to an opportunity inside a new land with fertile spiritual plains, but God will not force His goodness and grace into the life of any hesitant person.
Lot drug his feet in separating from this wicked land. Even after separating from this city, divinely by the hand of God, Lot chose to allow the presence of ghastly spiritual paraphernalia at work in Sodom to linger in his life and that of his family. Eventually, God chose to swoop in and save Lot from himself and devastating effects of his own choice, but his wife was not willing to follow God without looking back, was turned to stone.
When God says “go!” “move,” or change, we should not hesitate to both hear and apply His wisdom and will into our life. God always seeks what is best for us and we should choose to obey, honor and glorify Him.