“Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.” Genesis 13:2(NIV)
Sometimes I am more like Lot than I want to admit.
Lot was Abraham’s nephew. When the two decided to part ways Abraham (previously named Abram) stayed in Canaan. Lot decided to make his move near the city of Sodom, a decision that would change his life forever.
Lot chose the land in the Jordan Valley because of the lush green grasses and the promise of prosperity it offered. He knew the land would provide well for his family. Perhaps, he thought such prosperity could bring him notoriety in the region. He knew full well the reputation of the cities that lay adjacent to Sodom, the reputation of evil practices, idolatry, homosexual activity, and all other forms of debauchery. What Lot did not know was how the sin of Sodom would weaken his faith. The draw of the sin was so strong he eventually moved inside the city exposing his entire family to corruption.
Even with this knowledge Lot chose to setup him home near its borders.
Lot did not make a decision based on what he knew in mind. He made his decision based on what he saw with his eyes. Lot saw opportunity, the opportunity for power, position, and provision.
It’s easy to think, “Oh, I am strong enough to withstand any temptation.” In fact, the danger is a little fun and adds an element of excitement not to mention pleasure. But eventually the alluring fragrance of sin draws us so close, so often our faith weakens and we succumb. The gossip at our child’s play group or ball field. The handsome man who just happens to be at water cooler the very same time as you each day. The seemingly innocent off-colored email sent by a married man.
Let’s face it girls: we can’t flirt with sin. We must flee. Our decision must be based on knowledge not sight. Our decision could change our lives and the lives of those we love forever.