My kids and I are diving into Abraham’s story in Genesis, trying to read and listen with fresh eyes and ears. I don’t want them, nor do I want myself, to be trapped in that “I have known this story since I was little” mindset. Well, last night we ventured into the part where Abram rescues his nephew Lot. Not the part where the angels rescue Lot, but Abram.
There was a situation where five kings came against four kings, and Lot was taken captive in the process. Most of us are familiar with how Abram and Lot had parted ways. We are familiar with how Lot chose the plain of the Jordan…leading him to Sodom. Well, in the meantime between their parting and the destruction of Sodom, Lot was taken captive in battle and was in need of rescue.
“The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
In the chapter before the battle we see that Lot “pitched his tents near Sodom.” By the next chapter when we are told of his captivity, it is said that:
“They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.”
He had gone from being near to living there. He had headed in the direction of what appeared to be right, what appeared to be good, and found himself dwelling in the midst of wickedness.
Praise God for the applications that He can give you through His Word. Man looks on the outward appearance, but He sees the heart. We may be drawn by what we see and what we feel, but He knows the heart of the matter that is pulling us. I challenged my children to be careful not to pitch their tents near something or someone that appears to be good and right, without knowing what the Lord says about it.
I challenge you, and myself, to not only be careful of what you shouldn’t draw near to, but also to adamantly pursue the One to whom you should draw near. I encourage you to climb in His lap and get as close as you possibly can to Him, because you will find Him getting closer and closer to you in the process. And when you concentrate on being near Him, your concern with the land of compromise is only to rescue those dwelling there.
Lord, as for me it is good to be near You. Draw me, and I will run after You. I don’t want to live as close to the world as I can, trying to stay afloat. I want to dwell in Your secret place, living near You. Help me to dwell with You and rescue those far from You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Genesis 13 & 14
Song of Solomon 1:4