Lot's story is in Genesis chapter 19 and is worth re-reading.
We all like to think we are strong in the faith. Yet, our faith is only tested under the pressure of situations. Many of those happen suddenly, for which some of us are totally unprepared. Until such times hit us, we continue to believe our faith will get us through every situation. But faith, though a substance (Hebrews 11:1), can decline. This is why the Lord encourages us in Romans 10:17 to read the Word often and absorb it, as that is our flow of faith. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
This story encompasses three levels of faith. Is your's in here?
Lot and his family were real people enduring real times. When God burned Sodom to the ground by raining fiery hail upon the territory, Lot, his wife, and two daughters fled for the protection of mountain caves. It was the only place they felt sufficiently safe; such was the extent of their fear brought on by God's annihilation.
Lot's faith was strong enough to eventually return him to Abraham, from whence he originally came. The faith of his two daughters was far weaker than Lot's, lasting only to the cave of safety for a few weeks before they grossly sinned. The faith of Lot's wife didn't even make it to the cave.
As we know, Lot's wife looked back as she ran, lamenting about what she was leaving behind. Her mind was weighing the benefits of her only source of salvation versus her current lifestyle. The penalty God dispensed for that short glimpse of dissatisfied foolishness? She is the only person in recorded history to be turned into a pillar of salt. Mrs Lot had no idea her own death was imminent. Why salt? There are several reasons for God using salt, but one may be that every taste of her old life was bitter to the Lord but she couldn't see it.
Lot's family were fleeing swiftly to the next stage in their lives. If you were a part of their family, would you have looked back with regret of what you were going to miss as you fled into the unknown new life? We condemn Lot's wife for her lack of faith, but to me, she is typical of some Christians who find it hard to balance what they have lost from that which they have been saved.
In many instances of change, loss automatically brings on a sense of depression. How far do you get with this type of loss before lamenting sets in? Mrs Lot's case was Poor Me syndrome, and God viewed it as a lack of genuine faith.
How far did Mrs Lot's faith take her in that panic-filled run for the hills before she looked back? 500 metres? One kilometre? For which benefit in that filthy lifestyle did she yearn the most? In a town filled with depravity, what could a believer think she would be missing?
This is the point! Mrs Lot may not have been the believer she thought she was. She was married to a type of backslider whose belief nobody took seriously, who sat in honour in the judgment gate of the most debauched city in the region. Due to their selection of address and the assimilation, iniquity polluted her daughters' minds and hearts as well as her own. Yet this was the most righteous family the town had!
The realities of the Lot family's faith challenge our own faith and the decisions that shape it. God's Word measured Lot's family and its choices, as it does with our choices. You see, Lot should have left Sodom years before it perished. Had he made a Godly decision to leave long before God intervened, maybe Mrs Lot and the kids would have lived lives of believers. He probably entertained the thought of leaving many times, as many believers do, but didn't act upon it. Once he saw the filthiness arising, and the fact that his own testimony couldn't stop it, he should have wiped the dust of that city off his feet and departed, as did the disciples of Jesus. (Matthew 10:14).
Today's prayer: Dear Lord, again, my faith and decisions are challenged. Please direct me to your perfect will. I see what poor decisions can do over time, and I don't want to disappoint God or endure the heartache.
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