Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
– Psalm 1:1
Genesis 19 opens with Abraham’s nephew, Lot, sitting in the gate of Sodom. But his arrival in Sodom wasn’t immediate. There was a progression in Lot’s life—a progression that Psalm 1 warns us about. When given the choice of the land to settle by his uncle Abraham, Lot looked towards Sodom (Genesis 13:10). Then Lot pitched his tent near Sodom (Genesis 13:12). Eventually, Lot lived in Sodom (Genesis 14). And now, Lot sits in the gate—in a seat of authority—in the city of Sodom.
The sad thing was—Lot knew better, which would have made him the most miserable person in that city. He had too much of the Lord to enjoy the world and too much of the world to enjoy the Lord. His biography is that of a man who had a saved soul, but a wasted life. He was a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7), but he knew what happened in Sodom—and yet he still chose to live there and raise his family there—in the middle of moral rot.
He wasn’t a missionary—he didn’t have some noble reason for staying. He was a wannabe. And when choices needed to be made, Lot lost his convictions and followed the law of the land, not the law of the Lord. He allowed the culture to dictate his decisions rather than do what he knew was right. And it costed him dearly. Lot may have had courage from time to time, but because his witness was so compromised, nobody listened to him when it counted the most.
There’s a lesson to learn from Lot’s life. Heed the danger of sacrificing convictions on the altar of convenience because of cowardice. Listen to our study from Genesis 19 and learn from Lot’s tragic life of compromise.