Lot’s Life • Devotion #4: Lot at the City Gates
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton
Lot is one of the most exciting characters in the Bible. Lot was Abram’s (eventually God named him Abraham) nephew. When God initially called Abram, Lot joined Abram in his travels. Eventually, God’s blessing was so vast that Abram’s workers and Lot’s workers began to fight and cause strife within those traveling to Canaan. Abram and Lot decided to split up, and each took an area of land. Lot chose the land that would be located in the Jordan Valley. Lot was living in the Jordon Valley which was full or rich fertile soil, water, and many cities that were full of sinful people groups including Sodom and Gomorrah. While Lot was living in this area, a war broke out, and Lot was captured by a group of people that were fighting against the kings of the Jordon Valley area. Eventually, Abram heard of this and sent 318 trained men to save his nephew. 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.”
After Abram restored Lot, the next time we see Lot is five chapters later. Most Bible scholars would say that the gap of time between Genesis chapter 14 and Genesis chapter 19 would be about 17-30 years. Lot went from being rescued and restored to sitting in the gates of one of the most sinful cities that has ever existed. Genesis 19:1 says, “The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.” The people who hung out at the city gates where the people of influence. The people who hung out there were there to conduct business and other political matters. The people who hung out at the city gates were there to welcome new people to the cities. If a person was hanging out at the city gate, they were most likely a person who represented the city in some way. That is where Lot was. Lot went from following Abram on the journey God had given him, to serving a city that would be destroyed by God.
Here is the part that I cannot quite explain. What happened to all of the wealth, people, livestock, and other blessings that Lot had in Genesis chapter 14? I have studied my Bible for about two weeks looking for any evidence of what Lot had. The only thing that can be found is Lot had a home, a wife, and two daughters. We can make assumptions that he did have more family, but nothing is crystal clear. The thing I see here is Lot traded up what God had given him to have a worldly position and worldly status. Lot traded in his blessing to be something in the world’s eyes.
I watch husbands and fathers trade their family, the thing with which God blessed them, in for a career. I have watched wives and mothers trade in all the blessings that God has given them so they can have “me time.” I have watched parents allow their child to trade in “church” for sports and other extracurricular activities and wonder why their child walks the path that the devil has given them. While I write this my wife and two sons are sleeping. Every morning I awake; I am in complete awe of what God has given me. I never thought I would have a family, and I never thought I would have a wife or children. I cannot imagine ever trading what God has blessed me with for anything. My wife will be loved and led to being closer to God. My sons will be loved, disciplined, and encouraged to live for Jesus. I cannot fathom what was going on in Lot’s mind that would make him trade in everything he had for trivial success. Lot sold out on what God had for him. If there is something we can learn from Lot, it is this, do not trade in the things that God has given you, because you may not get them back. Lot lost everything because he wanted to be what he wanted to be, not what God wanted him to be. Take a moment tonight to figure out the things that God has blessed you with and cherish them, protect them, and never consider trading them.