From Genesis 14 when Lot decides to settle around and in Sodom through Genesis 19, we observe the sins, wickedness, and ultimate destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The city was so depraved that Abram (Abraham) couldn’t find even ten righteous men in order for God to spare the cities from His wrath.
How bad was it?
Really, really bad.
Consider this, as fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters… could you EVER imagine offering up your daughters or sisters to be raped by an entire city of depraved men?
“And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” – Genesis 19:5
The two men were the angels whom God had sent to Sodom to remove Lot and his family before destroying the city. The men in the city were so depraved they were telling Sodom to bring the visitors out so they could rape them.
What is even more astonishing is what Lot did next. Instead of giving them the two angels (men), Lot offered his two virgin daughters to satisfy the men.
See, to understand all that had transpired to this point goes all the way back to when Abram and Lot first arrived in the land of Canaan and agreed to split their camps. When Abram offered to Lot to pick the lands he wanted, he saw what looked good to his flesh. He saw beautiful land, flourishing cities… but there’s no mention of Him going to God to decide. Instead, he pitched his tent close to Sodom. Slowly, he moved closer and closer, became a part of the city, and ultimately dwelled within it. It’s impossible to argue that he did not know and fully understand the sins of the city.
It’s the same with our sins. We have flesh desires. Our flesh sees bad things that it determines are good, and desires. Sometimes, we draw ourselves to it. We inch closer and closer until we are a part of it, and it is a part of us. It quickly separates us from God.
We should make every effort to avoid it. Instead of pitching our tent near sin because it looks good, we should take our whole being and everything dear and close to us to God. Surround ourselves in His praise, worship, and devote ourselves in consistent prayer with Him.
Something I’m thankful for is that my wife has a heart for God. She’s a great example of a woman devoted to God, and lives her life that way daily. I’m hopeful that anyone who reads this also has someone in their life they can see and be close with who has a similar heart and mind to be in God’s presence. I’ve also recently been able to grow close with Christian men in my life through my pastors and Christian brothers in my small group. It’s very encouraging, uplifting, and I know each of them care and spend time in prayer for me. We all need it!
God bless all of you.