“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.”Genesis 13:10-13
I was raised in a Christian home and attended a Christian school. I was afforded many opportunities that some would only dream about. I was exposed to God’s Word on a daily basis and the truth was always before me. I was corrected when I was wrong and even shown the evil of the world. I was given examples by others of what sin could do to your life, but it always seemed that sin was a magnet trying to pull me in. It seemed I could not see the horror of the sinful path, but rather viewed it like Lot viewed the lush plain of Jordan.
I had a cousin who attended a public school, and he talked about it all the time and made it sound so cool. He spoke of the “cool” things they were able to do, and how the school was devoid of a lot of rules. My Christian school seemed to have a rule book that rivaled the Arizona Revised Statues. From my perspective, I was not able to do anything and I felt that someone was riding my case all the time. My cousin made his school seem like a fantasyland, and I longed to be there with him and experience the joys of being able to do what I wanted.
My parents would not allow me to attend the public school, and I felt that they were just trying to rain on my parade. I wished they would let me go until one day my wish came true. I was handed my walking papers from the Christian school my senior year, and my own church school would not take me in. I was pretty much devoid of choices, so my only option was the public school. I was excited to attend and I felt like my dream was finally coming true. It did not take long for me to realize, however, that the visions I had were distorted and it was not like I thought it would be. I missed the rules and guidelines and even missed being told to tuck my shirt in. I could not believe some of the things that I saw, and I longed to be back in the Christian school where I had burned my bridges.
I look at Lot in this passage in Genesis, and the decision he made where to settle his family and servants. He looked at the plain and it was pleasing to the eye. He saw that the area was well watered, and I am sure he fantasized on how nice it would be to live there. He did not consider that he was pitching his tent near a wicked place, but he only considered the benefits he thought he would be getting from the land. Sodom was not know for godly characters, and even his uncle Abram went the opposite direction. Lot was tricked by that which was pleasing to the eye, but did not seek God in any of it. I John 2:16-17 states, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Where is your tent-heart today? Are you pitched toward the wickedness of this world? Have you fallen in love with the world? James 4:4 states, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Are you a friend of the world? Do you seek to dabble in the world but still have a relationship with God? The Bible clearly says, “No man can serve two masters.” May we heed the warnings of sin, and may our eyes be focused on the Savior and not the sin that only brings pleasure for a short time. Be careful of what looks attractive to the eye and be sure to go into the opposite direction of what will pull you from God. May we choose wisely where we put our roots, and may we be like Moses who as stated in Hebrews 11:25, chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Pitch your tent-heart toward God, and remember that sin requires a heavy price that you will always regret paying.