faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 19 Stand Out in a Crowd

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 19.

Meditate on Genesis 19:32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him to preserve our family line through our father.”

In Genesis 19 we get to see up-close and personal implications of living in a city of sin while not making a stand for God. These consequences are extremely magnified in Lot’s relationship with his daughters.

Lot had been living as a double agent of sorts. He was a respected member of this society as far as we can tell because when the angels arrive he is at the gateway. A sense of panic comes over Lot as he quickly ushers the angels to his home. Lot knew very well what the people of Sodom and Gomorrah would surely have planned for these three angels of the Lord, and it was too late for him to speak up now. The men of the area rush to Lot’s home nearly breaking down the door with the intention of having sex with the visitors.

Because Lot had never made a stand for the truth in front of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah his suggestions for their retreat meant nothing to the angry horde. He in desperation tries to give the men his daughters instead. In this unfolding of events we see the tragic results of life compromised to sin. Everyone suffered. Lot could have been a light, but he instead chose to meld into the crowd. Because of this choice his family was corrupted and people were destroyed. A high price to pay and a sad outcome to what could have been a very different ending had he chosen to remain separate.

God calls Abraham and his descendants & you and me to be a holy nation, set apart so that people will be saved and not destroyed. Let us not take that lightly as Lot did in Genesis 19.

Prayer: God thank you for the call to remain holy and set apart. You don’t just do this for my protection, but also for my family and the people around me as well. God let me live a bold life making a stand for you and your truth and not compromising to sin. Help me point people to you, Jesus, so that they may experience your salvation and not be destroyed or lead astray.

Application: Is there an area of your life that you are tempted to compromise God’s word on for the approval of man instead?

Or is there an instance when you boldly made a stand for God’s truth even though it wasn’t the most popular thing?

How do both of these scenarios impact your circle of influence (friends, family, future generations)?

Memorize 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of darkness into shimmering light.”

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