PITCHING OUR TENTS NEAR SODOM
Sunday, December 17, 2017
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“Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.” Genesis 13:12

Because Lot’s faith in God was second-hand, so were his morals. As long as Lot was with Abraham, he knew what was right and wrong because of Abraham’s example. But after the two parted company, Lot lost his moral compass, and we see the consequences of this most clearly when he pitches his tents near Sodom.

Sodom, along with its sister city Gomorrah, is recognized throughout Scripture as the benchmark of wickedness. Genesis 18:20-21 says, ”The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me.” This was not the kind of place where godly men or women would want to live, but Lot chose to settle just outside the city. Before long, he moves into Sodom and soon after, becomes one of its leaders, sitting at the city gates where he could be sought out for counsel and keep watch on the comings and goings of people.

This is how many of us give into temptation. There are things most of us say we would never do, but we might convince ourselves there is nothing wrong with “pitching our tents” near them. We enjoy sinning vicariously, that is hearing about or watching other people’s sin, but this is a sure fire path to destruction in which we will eventually find ourselves caught in the midst of sin. Lot found himself sucked into Sodom. He barely escaped when the city was destroyed, and lost his wife in the process. There is always the very real danger of wearing our consciences down when we remain close to sin, because inevitably we will find ourselves engaging in it.

Lot understood what it meant to follow God, but he never truly knew God experientially. He knew a lot about Him, but did not enjoy a relationship with God, which would have made that knowledge meaningful to him. On the other hand, wherever Abraham went he built an altar to the Lord, which deepened His relationship with Him and kept him on moral ground. It is our relationship with God, and the work of Christ in our lives that gives significant meaning to our morality. The presence of Christ in us is what prepares us in advance to resist temptation.

If we take an honest look, are we pitching our tents near Sodom or building that altar within our hearts, keeping both feet firmly planted in God’s camp?

PRAYER: Father, forgive me if I have ignored Your Spirit’s voice about a sin in my life. Cleanse me, Lord, and thank You for being the strength I need to resist temptation.


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