The depiction of Lot in our passage today is a stark reminder of how every choice we make has a consequence. In Lot’s case, choosing the best share of the pastureland for his herds was a selfish and destructive decision, even though it appeared to be wise at the time. It would have certainly been hard to turn down for sure. But, not only was Lot’s decision a greedy decision and pretty disrespectful to his uncle; it also places himself and his family in a risky position to fall into sin. Look back at verses 12-13 again:
12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
Lot had just willingly moved his family near the Las Vegas of the ancient world. Not too wise of a choice. Later we will see that his family doesn’t just end up living near Sodom but right smack in the middle of the city and it doesn’t turn out well.
What we shouldn’t take away from this passage is that we should never go to places, or even move our families to places, where there is great sin and danger if The Lord so calls us. This would be completely contrary to scripture. However, it does remind us (especially husbands/fathers) that the choices we make in leading our families have major spiritual consequences. It also reiterates the importance of Biblical community in the life of a family. Lot separated himself and his family from his uncle and spiritual leader, isolating him and his family in an environment of widespread sin and ungodliness.
Take time today and pray diligently over any major decisions you have coming up regarding your family. Also, make a commitment to be a part of a Biblical community (here at CPC or somewhere else) where you can be surrounded by other believers and your family can be as well. This is essential to live a Christ honoring life and leading your family well.
By: Matt Mofield