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Monday, November 18

Subtle Influence

Today's reading: Genesis 19:1-29

Genesis 19 is a difficult chapter to read and process. The one message that always stands out from this account is that our rejection of God and His ways and our choice to sin is offensive to God.

As I read through Genesis 19 today, I focused on Lot. Lot was a righteous person who followed God, but he was alone in his conviction. He was one man surrounded by hundreds, or more likely thousands, of God-snubbing, wicked people—not a good situation to be in. It had to be an uncomfortable environment for Lot, and yet he continued to live in Sodom with his family. And whether he realized it or not, his decision to reside in Sodom and to be a part of that sinful environment on a daily basis had a desensitizing, unhealthy impact on his thinking.

We can see this through Lot's actions and responses throughout chapter 19. As soon as the men from Sodom arrive, he's on edge because he knows the people of the city are wicked. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Lot desperately tries to protect his two angelic guests, even offering his daughters to appease the mob. What?! But what reveals the negative impact sin had had on Lot's thinking the most is how even when he knows that the destruction of Sodom is imminent, "he lingered" (vs. 16). The angels had to seize him, his wife and two daughters by the hand to remove them from the city.

What does this account show about the danger of sin—choosing to surround ourselves with only nonbelieving friends, hanging out in places and participating in activities that aren't pleasing to God, or filling our minds with content (media, TV programs, music, etc.) that we know isn't God-honoring? Would you take some time today to consider how what you encounter in your environment each day is impacting your thoughts and actions? Tami

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