Genesis 19 v27-30: You are what you believe

Gen 19:27  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

Gen 19:28  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Gen 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Gen 19:30  And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

The Angels have instructed Lot to flee to the safety of the nearby hills; but because of fear, Lot says, no, I would rather go to this small city nearby. We also see Abraham again and we are faced with a striking contrast:

Lot seemed to like his comforts; when he and Abraham parted ways, Abraham gave him first choice as to what part of the land he preferred, he chose Sodom.  Genesis 13 says that he lifted up his eyes and looked towards Sodom.  He chose that area because it was well-watered and probably safe.  The next thing we see is Lot living in the city.  He must not have had a taste for the life of a nomad or wanderer and wanted a more refined, comfortable, and secure life.

Lot was not a bad man and the text never says that he renounced his faith. He was just a weak, fearful person, who gave in to the everyday pressures and temptations of the world. Many state that he is a prime example of what can be referred to as a carnal Christian.  His fear and need for comfort or security has driven himself and his family to some very bad and unsavory places.

But despite his weak faith, and his ability to compromise his walk with the Lord, he was saved, and we learn why in verse 29

Gen 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

This speaks volumes towards the power of prayer.  Abraham had prayed for Lot and that seems to be what has saved not only Lot, but the rest of his family as first.

It also resembles a parable that Jesus told in Mark 4:

Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Mar 4:9  And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mar 4:10  And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Mar 4:11  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Mar 4:12  That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word.

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Mar 4:16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

Mar 4:17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

Mar 4:18  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

Mar 4:19  And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mar 4:20  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

 

In this example Lot would have been the one who allows the cares of this world to choke out the word.

Truthfully, I can identify with Lot more than Abraham because I have had way more Lot times than Abraham times.  I have allowed the cares of this world to choke out the Word more often than I have been in the position to be praying for someone else.  I know that like Lot, I have had a lot of people praying for me now and in the past and I know that this is probably the only reason that I am still here on this earth, doing what the Lord called me to do so long ago.

So my question to you today is this:

Are you fearful about something; anything?

Have you traded security or comfort through compromise?

Fear doesn’t come from God and prayer changes everything. It sustains you and sustains the one for whom you are praying for.

Have you compromised your walk?

Recognize it for what it is and turn back to the Lord.

Do you have children, grandchildren, family members, or just friends who have fallen by the wayside in their walk?  Or they don’t know Jesus.

Pray for them, keep praying for them.  You might be the only thing keeping them going.  You might be the only thing keeping them from being destroyed by life or their own actions.

It might not be immediate, but it will pay off in the long run.  You might not get the answer that you were looking for, or the life that you want.  You might not see your kids, your grandkids walking with the Lord for a long time; but things will eventually work out in God’s time and in His way.

But this might only start through your prayers right now.  Prayer is one of the greatest and most powerful things that we can do for someone else. I don’t know about you but I have some praying to do!

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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