Lot’s Life • Devotion #1: Lot with Abraham
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader
Have you ever heard a story that starts really good and then goes from bad to worse? These stories are like train wrecks. You do not want to see it, but you cannot look away. The story of Lot is one of those train wrecks. Lot’s story is one of the saddest stories in the Bible. His story started out so good with a great decision to follow his uncle.
We first meet Lot in Genesis chapter 13; he is traveling with his uncle, Abraham.
Abraham is arguably the most influential man in the Bible besides Jesus. Abraham was a man God blessed and promised (made a covenant) to make him a great nation. His offspring would be so great in number it would be like the sand on the beach and the stars in the sky.
Genesis 12:2 says, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
Genesis 22:17 adds, “I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.”
One of the crazy things about this story is that Abraham and his wife did not have children. So Abraham decided to bring his nephew Lot along on the journey that God was sending him. God had given Abraham a land called Bethel. Abraham ended up splitting this land with Lot. Lot by choice took the land closest to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. That choice was the beginning of the end for Lot.
You would think that with this investment from this great man of God (Abraham) on Lot’s life, it would set him up for some serious success. Sadly, it did not. Lot made bad decision after bad decision that led to some serious pain in Lot’s life. He fathered two children that became the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites. These two nations that were constantly at war with the Israelites (the chosen people of God and Abrahams descendants). This is only part of Lot’s chaotic life.
Genesis 19:36-38 shows how although someone has a great start in life, their decisions can lead others to bad choices, “Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day.”