Jan 18 (Daily reading: Genesis 19-21) Lot’s story is one of great sadness, but it teaches us so much about the dangers of compromise. Lot had a unique and blessed opportunity to share with his uncle Abraham in the pursuit of carrying out God’s call. His compromise began when he chose the land that would bring him wealth, and “moved his tents as far as Sodom” (13:12). When the angels arrived in Sodom, Lot was “sitting at the gate of Sodom” (19:1). Sodom and all its wickedness had become home to him. His calloused spirit even made him willing to sacrifice his daughters.
In the end, Lot’s compromise made him pay a terrible price. He was only spared because of Abraham’s intercession. He lost his wife as they were leaving Sodom. He finished out his days in fear and isolation. He “stayed in the mountains, because he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters” (19:30). Compromising our faith will bring heartbreak; the walk of Abraham, the walk of faith, is the right way! “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6, NIV).
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt. 6:33, NIV).