Lot was an example of a man who loved the world too much. When Abraham gave him the choice of which land to take, Lot chose the well watered area with the most promise for fruitfulness and success. But he soon became entrenched in the culture of the people living there. In Genesis 19, Lot was found sitting in the gate of Sodom by two angels. After they warned him of the coming judgement, Lot did not respond immediately but instead lingered. He even asked to stay in the town of Zoar instead of fleeing to the hills, hanging on to the little remainder of the world he had become so involved in. Lot’s wife made an even greater mistake by looking back towards the cities that God had chosen to destroy. How often do we hold on to the very things that God is trying to set us free from? We are frequently taking that last glance that will ultimately lead to our death. I am guilty of this on a daily basis. The book of Psalms begins with precautionary advice to avoid becoming entrenched in the world. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…” Lot was sitting at the cultural hub of the city and clearly involved in the daily activities. In the end, the little that he held on to became a terror to him and his story concludes in a secluded cave.

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