Lot’s Life Story
Lot was an orphan. His dad died when he was young, and Abraham adopted him. This turned out to be a great blessing for Lot.
Abraham took Lot along when he followed the Lord’s command to leave his homeland and “Go to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). As part of Abraham’s family, Lot would share in God’s promise to make Abraham a “great nation” (Genesis 12:2).
They traveled together to Canaan and saw the land God promised. But then, when they faced a famine, Abraham took Lot to Egypt. He never should have done that! Lot got an eye for the riches of Egypt that he never got over. And while in Egypt, Lot became rich like his uncle.
Unfortunately, their relationship came to a crisis.
Both men were quite wealthy with large flocks of sheep and goats. Their servants began to quarrel because there was not enough pastureland for them both. They decided to split the land between them. Abraham, with the magnanimity of a great soul, gave Lot the first choice.
It is here that the true character of both Abraham and Lot is revealed.
Quite simply, Lot chose the best land and left the rest to Abraham.
There is a very revealing sentence in Genesis 13:11; "Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan." He was already a wealthy man. He enjoyed great gain while living with Abraham. Still, he wanted more, and selfishness was the underlying reason.
Don’t miss this. When we try to gain what the world has to offer, we often end up becoming like the world.
When separated, Lot “pitched his tent in the direction of Sodom. Now, the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord” (Genesis 13:12-13).
At first, when Lot looked toward the well-watered plains of the river Jordan, it reminded him of Egypt. That's all he could see. He’d also learned that great gain comes much faster in the city than in the wilderness of Canaan.
So, Lot made his choice. Notice that Lot didn't go straight to Sodom. He pitched his tent toward wicked Sodom and made several stops along the way.
He rationalized, "Sodom is wicked! I'll get as close to Sodom as possible without failing into its wicked ways. Then, I can make as much gain as I can while I can." So, Lot moved closer and closer to Sodom.
Personally, I'm inclined to believe that when he pitched his tent toward Sodom, he hoped not merely to get something out of it. He believed that he could put some righteousness back into the city.
I've heard these words often, and I’m sure you have too; “I can probably influence these people by my good life. I can probably use my simple and pure faith to bring them closer to the true God." Or “I will live a life of righteousness and purity so that they can be attracted to my lifestyle.”
How does that turn out? Not well!
Soon, Lot moved from a tent to a house. He was no longer near Sodom, but in the midst of it. He was no longer separated from Sodom, but mixed up in it.
Downfall always occurs one step at a time. The devil is too wise to make us jump off the deep end all at once. What he does is lead us in the wrong direction.
Eventually, Lot was sitting at Sodom’s gate. This simply means that he had become a chief magistrate in the city. He sat at the gate to resolve disputes and to receive visitors as a representative of the city's hospitality.
Lot had become the mayor of Sodom.
Imagine with me that Lot is here with us today. I’d like to ask him several questions about how he would evaluate his life. These are also the questions that face every Christian who chooses to pitch his tent toward Sodom.
Here are five questions for Lot: