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Ever find yourself in a place either geographically, emotionally, or spiritually that just doesn’t seem right? No matter how or where you turn it just isn’t good. If you were to really be honest, could it be that you are there due to your poor choices?
I’ve been there. I found myself floundering about, trying ever so hard to just get some kind of foothold, but it is as if I am climbing a wet mossy rock pile, slipping and never getting to the top. The only view I see is that of a cliff off to my right, and to the left the threat of falling is eminent.
In Genesis 13, Abram and his nephew Lot found they needed to make a change, (too much “stuff” and people between them), so they decided to part ways, giving themselves some elbow room as we say today. Abram went on to live in the land of Canaan, near the great trees in Hebron and there he built an altar to the Lord. Lot heads out and “pitched his tents near Sodom.” The very next verse is, “Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” It was clearly known what that area was like, yet Lot chose to “pitch his tent” there, RIGHT THERE! In real estate lingo, one might say, “Location, location, location!” The area the property is located in is so important, everything else you could say about it hardly matters.
This “pitching” is one of making your home and dwelling there. By going there, Lot probably attracted attention by being great or impressive. He was wealthy with loads of stuff and people. Was it THIS that kept Lot there? Was this environment more conducive to his greatness? Are we where we are, are we staying due to this same reason?
In the next chapter (14) some time later we find Abram comes to Lots’ rescue. The word rescue alone paints drama. Some kings come and take on Sodom and a few other neighboring places, plundering and taking the people captive. “They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living IN Sodom” (emphasis mine).
First he was NEAR, now the guy is IN Sodom. It would be interesting to know the progression. It says that Abram brought Lot back with all his people and stuff. Abe brought him back, it doesn’t say where back is, but I would risk saying that Abram didn’t park the camels right at Sodom’s door step.
Picking up in chapter 18, God tells Abraham He was going to destroy Sodom. He pleads with God, narrowing it down that if he finds 10 righteous folks, would he spare them? God agrees. Guess who is there? Lot. He was rescued and went right back. How many times does God rescue US, give us a way out, and what do we do? Go right back.
I have to interject, as I somewhat playfully jab at Lot, because he was a righteous guy. In the New Testament Peter speaks of Lot, “But that good man Lot, driven nearly out of his mind by the sexual filth and perversity, was rescued. Surrounded by moral rot day after day after day, that righteous man (Lot) was in constant torment. So God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials. And he knows how to hold the feet of the wicked to the fire until Judgment Day.” 2 Peter 2:7-9 (MSG)
We too, who are righteous have made some of the same stupid mistakes. God sends angels to get Lot and his family out in time, minus one – his wife. I am confident Lot’s choices caused him great regret because they placed him and his family in great danger and it cost him his wife, his home, and almost his soul.
We too have made choices where we find ourselves in the wrong camp and we seem to be somewhat paralyzed. We were rescued once, and we went right back. In being “back” it has cost us dearly, and painfully so.
Let’s be bold, be decisive, pull those stakes out, tear down the tent and re-pitch. Look at the land again. Choose the good spot. Position yourself right up, near and IN the presence of God.
Where are you “pitching your tent?” Share with us in the comments!