War breaks out and ole Lot finds himself in the midst!
Gen 14:11-12 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Wait something is wrong here. Lot lived next to Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember back in chapter 13? Gen 13:12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
But now it says that he is living in the city. Do you see how getting to close to sin can draw you into it? Your circle…your behavior…
Lot thought he could just move next to the city, then all of a sudden he’s right in the middle of it.
Abram receives info on what has taken place and he didn’t hesitate to go . He could have simply said ‘Well that’s Lots problem not mine,” but instead he gathered his own men and went!
He took 318 of his own servants who were not bought but actually born in his house.
Why would he do this? Possibly because he knew they would stand by him to the end even if it meant death, and they also knew Lot, Abram’s nephew.
If you had to have someone stand up for you, would you rather have someone in another neighborhood that you really don’t know, or someone from your family that was as close as your own flesh and blood?
Abram went and brought Lot back…but notice he didn’t get upset …he didnt rub Lots decision in his face,,
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
We need to be there for one another, no longer judging. That’s God’s job to judge. We are to encourage others and not point out what they did wrong, they already know it, just as Lot knew.
We all have fallen short…
The biggest way we can lead people to Christ is through Love! Let folks see the love of God through you.