When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.” (Genesis 19:15-17)
Lot and His family were rescued from the city of Sodom because it was to be destroyed by God. As we look at Genesis 19:15-17, we will see God’s instructions for moving on and His warnings, too.
In verse 16, Lot and his family had safely escaped. However, if you look closely, his instructions were given after they had chosen to be obedient and leave the city. The instructions that were for them then, are what we need to progress today. They were as follows:
1. Escape for your life
We must understand that when we are not obedient to God’s instructions our lives are in danger. We MUST not only leave the situation behind, but we must leave the ungodly feelings behind as quickly as possible. If not they may cause death to many areas of our lives.
2. Do not look behind you
Looking behind may represent longing for that thing we took pleasure in and/or rehashing a situation (good or bad) in our minds and with others. It may show our lack of faith that God can provide better for us. Looking behind keeps us from moving forward. If we are not careful, we may be tempted to be disobedient to the instructions of God.
3. Don’t stay behind in the valley
“Stay behind in the valley” implies we were with others, but chose not to move on. They had to leave us so their progress would not be hindered. (Wow!!!) Often we set up camp in the valley because we have become comfortable. Here the valley represents the low points in our lives. We usually become stuck right here! We're unable to move because of complaining, bitterness, discouragement, pain, fear, etc. Don’t set up camp by the waters of Mara (bitterness)! Continued drinking of bitterness is poison to the spirit. Choose to keep moving.
4. Escape to the mountains, or you’ll be swept away
The word escape is used twice in God’s instructions. This means it is imperative we understand the seriousness of the situation. In this passage, the mountains represent safety--place God provided for us to be rejuvenated and replenished. This is the high point in our lives. However, if we do not move up we WILL be swept away by those things we refuse to leave behind.
When we have gone through trials, we are not left without instructions for survival. How fast we move and the attitude we have during the process reveals how much faith we have in God. Do we trust Him to keep us safe? Are we sure we are not deceiving ourselves? We must trust Him with our lives in order to survive. The beauty is He loves us so much that He leaves us with instructions in His word.
Sitting at His feet,