The history of Lot is the history of a lukewarn Christian, (Prov.14:14 tells us “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:”
When Lot turned away from Abraham he turned aside from his faith.
When Lot sought the well-watered plains he was seeking his own glory.
Then came failure and and the time to escape, but the Lord saved Lot and his family as by fire, yet all his works were burnt “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” (1.Cor. 3:13).
Look at the choice Lot Made. “He chose the plain of Jordan, and pitched toward Sodom” (Gen.13:1,12)
Those who walk by sight and not by faith will always be influenced by appearances. Samson when in to see a harlot, Judas sold out for thirty pieces of silver, Esau sold his birthright for a little food.
The choice of Moses was the choice of faith,” Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” (Heb.11:25,26).
If we follow the dictates of our own hearts we will be sure to pitch toward Sodom, “and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.” (Gen.13:12).
Note the Position Lot Occupied in Sodom “Lot sat in the gate of Sodom.” Having become a companion of the Sodomites, he now becomes a partner with them.
When we can find pleasure in the fellowship of the ungodly we will soon become a sharer of their iniquity.
Let me say worldly advancement is no evidence of growth in grace. Mixing with the world often means helping the ungodly, remember Balaam died with his enemy.
Lot received a message from the Lord. “The Lord hath sent us to destroy this place” (v.13). Wicked places and wicked things must all be destroyed, “Belshazzar,Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Dan.5:27,28).
If all our wicked things were destroyed would we lose anything ? How would it affect our plains and purposes?
If our heart interests are entangled with the wickedness of this world we will suffer loss. “Set your affections on things above,” then, when every wicked place is destroyed your inheritance will remain untouched.
Lot had a Testimony to give to his loved ones. “Lot went out and spake unto his sons-in-law. . . but he seemed as one that mocked” (v.14).
Our testimony for God will always be a mockery if we are living a selfish and a sinful life.
Neither gifts nor talents will make up for inconsistency. It is the life that is the light, “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Ac.11:26).
Note the Unwillingness Lot showed in leaving Sodom. “While he lingered the men laid hold upon his hand” (v.16). We are always slow to obey the call of God when our lives are entangled with the affairs of the world.
The young man in (Mt.19:22) went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Many perish in the full light of knowledge for lack of decision,“ Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”(Ac.26:28).
Lot was unwilling to go the mountains “Behold this city is near; let me escape hither” (v.20). He thought the appointed mountain of refuge was too far away. Why did Lot wish to be saved so near to the city of doom, yes Lot was saved, but he was still near enough to the place of death to be filled with great fear (v. 30).
The Lord gave Lot grace “I cannot do anything till thou be come thither” (v.22). How precious even a poor backslider is to God!
Judgment would not come until lot was out side of Sodom. But think further how the presence of this worldly-minded believer among the ungodly was hindering God from carrying out His own purposes. Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. “ (Jh 9:4).