Don’t Look Back
Wow Sodom….And you thought your neighborhood was bad.
Sodom is nothing new…its all around us…and it will be just like this in the last days.
Luke 17:28-30 28 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Lots decision affected his whole family, and one of those decisions was not a good one wanting to give his daughters over to the perverted men of the city!
How could any father give his daughters to be taken by a mob of perverts, just to protect two strangers? Whatever Lot’s motives were, we see here an illustration of Sodom’s terrible wickedness — a wickedness so great that God had to destroy the entire city!
I often wonder why Lot was still hanging around the next morning?…..
Gen 19:15-16 15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
Sometimes when we get into a rut and God has to grab us by the hand and pull us out of where we are, because it’s just not good for us there anymore!.
They refused to listen to God’s word being spoken, or even listening to the authorities which Lot was. The people wanted to just live their own way because it was OK in their own eyes. Just like the world does today.
• Luke 17:30-33 (NLT) 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the hour when the Son of Man returns. 31 On that day a person outside the house must not go into the house to pack. A person in the field must not return to town. 32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it.
And there is Lots wife….She was not only still concerned with the people, but also her heart was towards them more so then the Lord. She allowed the things of this world to have precedent over her life rather then God. Lot’s wife was not only looking back, but the original wording indicates that she was going back to Sodom. She was doing what Jesus spoke about in Luke. Whoever clings to this life will lose it,
She was clinging to the things of this world!.
What’s so important in your life that you are willing to turn your back on God?
Maybe there is something or someone that has caused you to take your eye’s off of God and turn your back on Him.
Lot did not start out in Sodom and Gomorrah, but was in the surrounding cities slowly making his way towards Sodom and Gomorrah.
That’s how sin starts, it seems so innocent and we try to get as close to it as we can without being a part of it. But soon we find ourselves in the midst of it, just as Lot had.
So next time you wonder “How did I get into this mess?” or “How did I fall into this sin?” look back at your tracks and you will see how you played with sin, getting as close to it as you could until it over took you.
But through all this the scriptures says this about Lot.
• 2 Peter 2:7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
Lot was righteous. But Lot wasn’t righteous because of his lifestyle. But rather because of God’s grace.
And even though he was a righteous man, we see the result of the life style that Lot brought his family into….look at the issues that took place
Because Lot choose not only to live by Sodom, but in the city, the result was his wife desired the city, and the people, and turned to go back as God was destroying the city. The result of this was her death by being turned into a pillar of salt.
Second his son in laws did not believe him and made fun of him as he tried to warn them. The result once again was their death, being destroyed in the city.
Finally Lot’s daughters committed a sin by lying with their father Lot to have children. Remember the city of Sodom and Gomorrah were sexually perverse cities and it didn’t phase the girls of what they were doing with their father, since they probably heard and even knew of many people who did the same thing in the city. Some of them may have even been friends of theirs.
Your sin affects a lot more than just YOU! It impacts the generations to come…
But even through all this sin with Lot’s family God is still glorified through it all…..wow
But we forget that we can not earn our way into heaven, or even earn our gifts. They are all a free gift to those who ask. God is not someone who will give you something and take it back because you messed up.
We all mess up everyday, many times each day. We can’t base our salvation, service or love for the Lord and His love for us based on our actions. But rather we must base it on His undying love for us and His Son’s love for you!