Scripture: Genesis 13:12-13
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
We saw earlier that Lot had his choice of where to move. He didn’t need to settle closer to the sinful Sodomites. He deliberately chose to. And it’s not like he wouldn’t have known the reputation the place had. Word of such a city would have spread far and wide. So, why did he move there?
I can think of two possibilities. One, maybe he thought he was righteous enough and strong enough to avoid the temptations the city offered.
Two, maybe he didn’t want to avoid the temptations. Maybe he was allured by them.
What is your reaction to known areas of temptation – that bar, that hangout, that internet site? How do you react to alluring people – your old friend who isn’t a Christian, a new acquaintance who seems like a lot of fun, that guy or girl who takes an interest in you but doesn’t have the same morals? Do you trust yourself to stay strong in the midst of such opposing forces? Do you play dangerous and get as close as you can without crossing the line?
There’s only one choice that’s sure to keep us clean, and that’s too avoid those people and places that we feel tempted by. Stay away. Your purity, your innocence, your relationship with the Lord isn’t worth taking the risk.
If you’re trying to reach people in those places, stand back and wait for a safer time to approach them. The Lord will give you the opportunities you need without putting you in danger of sin.
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