They Captured Lot

They Captured Lot

05 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-14; Luke 5


11 The four kings captured all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, all their food and equipment, and went on their way. 12 They captured Lot, Abram’s nephew who was living in Sodom at the time, taking everything he owned with them. (Genesis 14:11-12 MSG)

When Abram generously offered Lot the choice of pasturelands (they needed to get some space between their flocks and herds – see Genesis 13:8-13), Lot selfishly chose the well-watered plains of the Jordan Valley and pitched his tents near Sodom, an unusually wicked and perverse place. The area looked good at the time because it was “before the Lord had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Apparently Lot’s proximity to the wickedness of Sodom gradually eroded his righteous judgment because by the time war broke out and Sodom was defeated and plundered by armies from the northeast, Lot was living in Sodom and got caught up in the conflict. Without his uncle Abram’s intervention, it would have been all over for Lot.

Lot’s selfish choice of the best land led to creeping compromise and made him subject to the consequences of Sodom’s wickedness. His conscience dulled to the point that he offered his daughters to the townsmen for an orgy of sex. His wife died because she couldn’t let go of the material comforts of Sodom. Godly values didn’t pass on to his daughters and they eventually got their father drunk and got pregnant by him.

Choices have consequences. Every selfish choice carries with it an eventual cost. Every compromise of values and conviction dulls the soul’s senses and blurs the line between right and wrong.

I must check my motives for every decision I make. Choices have consequences.


Father, help me to be motive-aware and consequence-conscious when I’m faced with what seem to be great opportunities, or when I’m faced with difficult and challenging choices. Protect me from my own wrong motivations. Give me wisdom, not only to see short-term benefits, but long-term consequences. Help me move farther away from, rather than closer to, the conscience-dulling attitudes of the world system. I want to be in the world , but not of the world. Amen.

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