Abram had moved to a land God showed him. Along with him was his nephew, Lot!
Over time Abram’s men and Lot’s men began arguing over pastureland and water rights.
Abram gave Lot a choice. If Lot went left then Abram would go right. If Lot went right then Abram would go left.
Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord. Gen 13:12-13
Lot saw rich fertile, well watered valley and made his choice. This left Abram with the harsher hill country.
Perhaps Lot thought he could avoid any influence from the local people who lived nearby.
The wickedness of the area was known. Abram would later have an encounter with the king of Sodom and refused to take any payment from him for the rescue of some citizens and the return of merchandise.
It wasn’t long before Lot was living in the city of Sodom. He was recognized as a leader because on the day two strangers entered the city he met them at the gate.
You know the rest of the story. He offers his own two daughters to the men of the city to keep his guest safe. He barely escapes with his wife and daughters but along the way his wife perishes.
His two daughters commit incest and their children become a thorn in the side of the nation of Israel.
Lot’s view of the fertile valley led him far away from God and into a life of sin and destruction.
Meanwhile, Abram kept his mind and heart on God and prospered in the wilderness.
The easy pleasant way is not always the best. And the more difficult way is not always the worse.
There are times when Satan will dangle an easy way before you – to entice you and lead you away from God. Resist those times. Resist the devil and he will run from you.
You will get closer to God when times become more difficult.
Jesus said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matt 7:13-14
1 John 5:21 – keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.