What are God’s words to us when we are living in the middle of sin, tolerating it in our lives, or headed head-first into temptation?
I’m reading through the Bible this year with several sweet friends. (YouVersion has a new capability where you can read with friends, very cool.) The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is one that is familiar, but provides a strong warning for us.
Lot was in the middle of crazy, sin-drenched circumstances. I can only imagine temptation was everywhere and he appears to be pretty comfortable where he was. The passage tells us that he did resist the evil men and sought to do the right thing when the angels were visiting. As the angels warned of the consequences that were coming, Lot’s initial response is intriguing.
In making a choice between the destruction that he knew was coming because of sin, he hesitated. The man had angels telling him that his home and whole life were about to be utterly destroyed. He hesitated.
I wonder why? Perhaps he was so used to the sin culture that it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. Could he have been so attached to the environment that the consequence momentarily seemed better than giving up the attachment? Was he considering if maybe the consequences would skip over him and just be for all of the other people? I wonder if Lot was hesitating to justify that none of it was really that bad.
My friend, if there are areas in your life that you KNOW are sending you on a path of destruction, please don’t hesitate. Maybe it is a habit that is headed towards addiction. Maybe it is an unhealthy relationship that is headed towards an affair. It could be an attitude about work or home or friends that could lead to some pretty poor choices. It could be something secret that you believe no one will ever know.
Genesis 19:16 says, “Because of the Lord’s compassion” those angels snatched him up and got him out of the city. If you are hesitating instead of walking away from whatever has the potential to cause destruction in your life, let me encourage you to pay close attention to the angels’ next words to Lot.
“Run for your lives! Don’t look back and don’t stop!”
According to Luke 8:17, “For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and brought to light.”
If we keep walking towards sin and if we remain comfortable in the things that will potentially destroy us, we are one hundred percent wrong to think there will never be consequences. Lot’s sons-in-law took the warnings as a joke, but there is no joke here.
If you are on the path to a relationship you shouldn’t be in, however innocent you are pretending it is… run for your life.
If you are exploring websites or social media or online conversations that you know are the first steps to wrong… run for your life.
If you are dabbling with a habit that has the potential to harm you or those you love… run for your life.
If you are beginning to enjoy activities or environments that involve sin that so easily entangles … run for your life.
You have a God who has great compassion for you. He loves you and always provides a way for you to escape temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Run for your life. Don’t look back. Don’t stop.