Lot’s Life • Devotion #3: Abraham Rescues Lot
Ben Kirkman | Director of Facilities
Looking at the life of Lot can be pretty depressing and frustrating. You see a man who is placed by God into the same family as Abraham (what a cool uncle to have); you see a man with wealth and riches and incredible opportunity; you see a man with so much seemingly throw it all away. Lot chooses to surround himself with wickedness, and it has horrific results for him and his family. It is easy when reading about Lot to focus solely on his terrible choices and the horrible situations into which he willingly walks. When you focus on Lot’s failures, you can unintentionally overlook God’s working. When studying Lot’s life, it is evident that even amidst his poor choices, God is at work! You can see “El Elyon,” “the Most High God,” extending grace, mercy, patience, and tenderness time and time again.
In Genesis chapter 14, we find the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, along with three other kings, rebelling against the four kings to which they had been subject for twelve years. This rebellion led to war. Five kings against four seemed like good odds for Sodom and Gomorrah, but they lost. They lost badly: they lost their possessions and provisions, and many people were taken captive.
Genesis 14:12 adds, “They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.” Lot, who chose to move into Sodom, who chose to associate himself with the wickedness of Sodom, just lost everything, including his freedom. He went from a man who had everything to a prisoner of war over a hundred miles from home. I can imagine him wondering, “What just happened? How did I end up here? How did my life fall apart so quickly?” (Have you ever been there?)
It is theoretically possible that this is the last we ever hear about Lot. God could leave Lot and those that ignored the LORD to be judged according to their wickedness, and He could do so righteously. The Gracious Redeemer steps in and brings Uncle Abraham to the rescue. Do you see God’s grace and mercy at work? God has a rescue planned. Abraham takes his private militia of 318 men, along with trained warriors from his allies, he travels over one hundred miles, he defeats the army that five kings could not handle, and he brings Lot and his possessions home.
Genesis 14:16 says, “Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.”
I am thankful that the Bible records stories of God’s patient dealings with humanity. It is so wonderful to be reminded that even though we may struggle and falter in our decision-making, we have a loving Savior that is full of grace and mercy. I know that I need God’s tender mercies daily!
“Oh Give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 118:1