As Lot looked down upon the lush plains near Sodom it seemed to him that the rivers were like beads of diamonds laid upon green velvet. His heart immediately went there, followed by his feet. And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. Genesis 13:10.
The garden of the Lord and the land of Egypt? They were different but looked the same to Lot. Egypt and the garden of the Lord were both green and lush but different in the reason they prospered; the blessing of God or the cunning of water wheels. They looked the same to Lots natural eye, but God dwelt in only one. Soon Lot moved his tent as far as Sodom.
Lot is a believer. He could be us! Lot enjoyed great privilege as the nephew of Abraham, the friend of God. He lived with grace and faith but he remained greedy and short sited. Lots relationship with God was enough for him to change countries but not enough to change his heart. Abraham home was truly in heaven but Lot was still more at home in the world. Lots story ends in shame because he loved the things of the world but Abraham increased his faith in God and has been honoured in every generation since. Righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked. 2Peter 2:7 He was distressed by the conditions of Sodom but not distressed enough to leave with his family. Lot was a believer but with insufficient relationship with God, to be able to discern the difference between darkness and light, Egypt or Eden.
He was a pushover with no convictions of his own. Lead Lot out into the desert and he didn’t know who he was. Put Abraham on an isolated rock and would face the wind and know he was looking into the face of his Father and friend. Lot needed the crowd to tell him he was doing fine. “You enjoy the same life as us; you are one of us.” Lot knew where he belonged. He was vexed but still hooked and still powerless.
Every believer sees heaven to some degree, but a carnal believer doesn’t see it enough to change their love or tolerance for the world. The world seems like home. Lot was looking for the city of men not the city of God. He was more familiar with “king of the hill” than the King of Kings. The life of Beyoncé was more compelling that the life beyond. Maybe the rhyme of Snoop dog and Slim thug, seemed better that softly and tenderly, or the vibe of channel C4, better than the vibe of John 4.
What defines a man is not his shoes or his haircut or the size of his TV but the size of his vision. How far does he see? How far ahead is he looking; 10 years or 100 years or is he gazing in to heaven? Can he see what can’t be seen? Lot had no vision for the invisible.
Friend, have we seen enough of God to free us from the world or are we moving closer to Sodom?