And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
Though we are born with a sin nature inside of us, there are many choices in life that can temper it or cultivate it. The truth is that we choose where we will dwell, and when we dwell in iniquity, we run the risk of allowing it to consume us. Lot had pitched his tent toward Sodom and eventually ended up in the midst of the city itself. We have to be aware that dwelling in close vicinity to sin will often lead us into depths of sin we never thought we were capable of. And then we are in danger of sin consuming us completely. It can overtake us and ruin our lives.
We must not dwell near to sin, lest we ourselves be consumed by it, but we also cannot linger in sin. Lot was taking his good old time evacuating the city, even as he was warned about its certain destruction. Often we know the risks of something, we know we are weak in some area, and yet we linger in it. We can easily see Lot’s foolishness, but sometimes it is hard to see our own foolishness. We’ll make excuses for ourselves or pass the blame. But once we see that sin has entered in, we must make our escape as quickly as we can.
God literally pulls us out of sin by His mercy. He has given us the gift of His Son as the perfect atonement for our sin and the power it has on each of us. His hand reached down and pulled us from certain destruction. And even after we are saved, He offers to us His mercy over and over again. He offers us continual deliverance from our sinfulness, offers ways of escape when we find ourselves in trouble, and offers us the refuge of His forgiveness when we’ve fallen into sin.
Sin is a city just across the plain. We can choose to pitch our tents facing it and risk falling into all of its traps, allured by the sight of it in front of us. Or we can be wise and turn away as much as possible, choose to dwell facing God and seeking His righteousness. Let’s be swift to flee whenever we do fall into sin. And let’s rely on God’s mercy for our forgiveness and be thankful that we were not consumed.