“And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
“Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim… So [they] took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions. Then one who had escaped came and told Abram. When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.” Genesis 13:10-13; 14:8,11-16
From our first introduction to Lot, he was intrigued by the lush and twinkle of the world, and at being given freedom to choose, he edged close to that glitz, and gradually slid into the city of sin. Consequences followed, as they always do, and he was captured along with his cohorts by another enemy. Yet, as soon as his uncle Abraham heard of his captivity, he set off in pursuit to rescue this wanderer. (Genesis 18:20)
Isn’t this like our gracious, loving, merciful Lord? He grants us freedom, allowing us to choose our path and slide toward our affections and the grip of their captivity. We learn through both blessings and harsh consequences that we are never far from His heart. He pursues us, sometimes tenderly, sometimes with an angry army, always relentlessly, sedulously. He is always, always, able to rescue.
Where have I made choices that fare better in the world, and inched toward Sodom? Where has strong spiritual resolve grown flabby? What makes me want to throw off the Spirit’s fetters, and where am I sliding in my thinking, the things I say, the attitude with which I react? Will I recognize the enemy clutches and look to my Savior to rescue me? (Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 6:13; Romans 7:23-25; 1 John 2:15-16)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139:23-24
Lord God, thank You for Your persistence in our salvation and Your keeping power. Search me, check any start to a slow slide away from You, and set me aright in the way everlasting.