Wednesday - November 2, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Genesis 19:1-22
Have you ever made a life-changing decision that, at the time, seems like the right thing to do, only to have it turn out to be one of the worst decisions you’ve ever made? I wonder if that is the way Lot felt when he decided to separate from Uncle Abraham. At the time, it seemed like the right thing to do because of all the problems they were having with their servants and flocks. Maybe he was feeling that it was time to get out of the shadow of his uncle and be his own man. Whatever his reasoning, things didn’t turn out quite the way he planned. The Scripture says that he “...moved his tent as far as Sodom” (Genesis 13:12).
The passage is not clear on whether or not Lot knew how wicked of a city Sodom had become. It didn’t take long for Lot to realize that his decision would not turn out quite the way he thought it would. In Genesis 19:1, when the angels go into the city Sodom to rescue Lot and his family before the destruction of Sodom, we find Lot sitting at the gate of the city. I don’t think this was a chance meeting. I believe Lot was waiting there for travelers to warn them and protect them from the evil in the city. One could argue that if he knew he had made a mistake, it would have been wise to leave the city at once, before it corrupted his family. Yes, that would have been the right thing to do but maybe in Lot’s mind, he was making the best of his situation. It could have been that he was doing his best to turn the city from its evil ways. It could also have been that Lot was stubborn and had too much pride to admit that he was wrong to his uncle.
Whatever the case, I believe that somewhere down the line, Lot had realized he had made a mistake, and the consequences of that decision were tragic.
Application: We have all made mistakes, but only those who are willing to swallow their pride and admit they are the ones who are likely to seek the proper guidance to correction. We hear a lot of lessons revolving around "remember Lot’s wife.” Maybe if we would “remember Lot's decision,” we would be better off.