12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. …
16 So he [Abram] brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
We know why Lot pitched his tent near Sodom. Genesis 13:10 tells us “And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar.”
It was LIKE the garden of the LORD, and even a good place to raise cattle and sheep, but it was NOT the Promised Land. Then Lot was captured by the four kings, and Abram gathered just 318 men and went out and defeated their armies and brought back Lot and his family. And where did Lot go after that? Right back to Sodom!
When our Lord Jesus Christ defeated Satan on the Cross, He did not do so just so we could go right back to where we were before – especially not to go back to the place where we had been ensnared by sin. Christ died so that we might be free to join Him in the Promised Land, the new heaven and new earth promised to us in Revelation. No matter how nice-looking the plains may be, in our newfound freedom we need to be going where our Savior leads us, not sliding back into the captivity from which He saved us.
Sweet Jesus, free us now from our captivity to sin. Lead us not back into the well-watered plains that seduce us, but only into Your fount of righteousness and grace. We choose Your way, precious Lord, so that we might never face destruction again. Amen.
– written May 31, 2009