It Looked Good

In Genesis 13:1-18 we read of the story of Lot and the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham and his nephew Lot were very wealthy and had large herds and flocks of animals. So large that their herdsmen were starting to quarrel over the rights to the land were their flocks and herd grazed. Abraham, being a righteous man told Lot he would let him make the choice of where to live. If Lot chose to go to the right, Abraham would go to the left. If Lot chose to go to the left, Abraham would go right. Lot looked at the area towards Sodom and chose it because it was well watered and there was much pasture land there. But, Lot did not consider the influence the evil city of Sodom would have on himself and his family. Over time that evil influence brought sorrow to Lot. So wicked were the cities of the plains that God determined to destroy them with fire and brimstone. Angels were sent to warn Lot and his family to leave. When Lot tried to get his son-in-laws to leave with him and his wife and daughters they refused thinking he was only joking. They had become so used to the wickedness of Sodom they did not want to leave. Lot himself had been so influenced by the people of Sodom that the angels had to take him by the hand to lead him out of the city towards the mountains to safety. Lot’s wife, acting in disobedience to God’s specific command to not look back, looked back and God turned her into a pillar of salt. Jesus Himself used her as a warning to people of His day. (See Luke 17:32.)
Satan makes sin look good to us today. If he didn’t we would not be tempted to disobey God. We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lusts and desires. “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17) Lots of things “look good” to us but often that is exactly what leads us into disobedience to God. God calls that sin and sin is what condemns us to eternal punishment.

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