Sunday, January 7

Lot hesitated

Scripture: Genesis 18-19, Psalm 3, Luke 7

Genesis 19:16 But Lot hesitated.  Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters.  They brought him out and left him outside the city.

Observation

Lot hesitated.  After seeing what his neighbors tried to do to him and his guests, after seeing the angels strike the men blind and explain what was about to happen—after all that, he still hesitated.

Lot lived in Sodom.  But Sodom lived inside Lot.  And he couldn’t leave.  Lot had grown comfortable in Sodom, and its values had wormed their way into his heart.  He was at home in Sodom.

When the angels told him to run to the hills, he refused and offered a compromise!  More hesitation.  More foot-dragging.  More evidence that Sodom had gotten inside him.

When they finally fled, with brimstone flying all around them, Lot’s wife looked back.  This wasn’t just a glance over her shoulder from curiosity.  This was a turning back, an inability to leave her old life behind.  Sodom lived in her too.

When Lot and his daughters were hiding in a cave, his daughters got him drunk, slept with him and became pregnant by their father.  Sodom lived in them too.  The whole family was infected.

We live in a broken and sin-twisted world.  Jesus wants us to be in it, but not of it.  This is hard.  When we live in the world, we tend to take on its values; it gets inside us.  We are not to be at home in this world; we are “resident aliens”; our true home, our true citizenship is with God.

Application

How can we live in Sodom without letting Sodom live in us?  I need to check my inputs (make sure I’m listening to God more than the world) and check my values and actions (make sure they align with Jesus rather than the world).

And is there any place God is calling me to go and I’m hesitating?

Prayer: Lord, I don’t ever want to hesitate when you call.  Show me anywhere I am compromising, and help me to be filled with You, not the culture I’m in.