“It won’t hurt to look.” The little voice that says that may be right, because destruction may come so fast that you do not feel the pain. In Genesis 13 we see where Abram and Lot have set out together. God had called Abram and he took Lot with him. Eventually they both became so wealthy and so many animals, that their herdsmen kept getting into conflicts. They separate with Abram giving Lot the first choice of the land. It is interesting to note that after they separate God repeats His promise to Abram. Lot chooses the plains of Jordan and “pitched his tents near Sodom.”
By the time the angels appear on the scene Lot is in a position of authority in Sodom for Genesis 19:1 says that he sat in the gateway of the city. It is obvious from the rest of the scripture the Lot was well aware of the vileness of the people. It begs the question “what did he compromise to achieve that dubious honor?” Based on historical accounts of Sodom and Gomorrah and the wickedness they perpetrated, he would not have been in such honor if he stood up stridently for the principles of God.
How many times have we compromised our beliefs, denied Christ in order to gain acceptance from the world? The angels tell them to leave Sodom and Lot hesitates so much that they had to drag him out. They receive specific instructions not to look back. Lot’s wife disobeys, (there are some commentaries that says she looked back with longing) destruction is sudden and in an instant she becomes a pillar of salt. I doubt she felt any pain but she died in her sin. Is disobedience worth the price you pay?
For some people, God will tell them to leave everything behind, trust Him and start over somewhere else. They might obey, but they oftentimes look back at the luxury they left behind with longing. This refusal to release earthly pleasures cause a longing in their souls, an ungodly desire. It causes murmuring (remember the Israelites in the wilderness?), and a desire to go backward.
Bombarding them with temptation becomes a sport for the devil. If we return to the analogy of the sweets, you are passing the pastry shop, and the little voice in your head says “it won’t hurt to look”, what will be your response?
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Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.