From riches to rags – how to destroy your life
Looking at the life of Lot from the end to the beginning helps to put a right perspective on the decisions that he made and the consequences that he brought on himself and his family
I. Genesis 19:30-38
C. Incest. A portrait of a destruction.
II. Genesis 19:12-26
A. Loss of testimony
B. Loss of courage
C. Loss of wife
III. Genesis 19:5-9
A. Begged mercy from the wicked.
B. Betrayed his family
C. Beaten by his fellow citizens
IV. Genesis 18:23,24; 32,33
A. Witness in ungodly surroundings.
2 Peter 2:6-8 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
B. Wasted his opportunity. Refer to Acts 17:16-23
When Paul was grieved by the ungodliness of the people, he spoke out against their practice. They ridiculed Paul, but he spoke for their good, giving them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lot was vexed day to day, but had no testimony among the people.
V. Genesis 14:11-24
A. He resided in the wrong place.
B. He was rescued from the war.
C. He returned to the wrong place.
VI. Genesis 13:1-11
A. His family
B. His fortune
C. His failure.
This is the momentous decision that began to spiral into degradation. He could have made a right decision anytime from his departure from Abraham to his flight from Zoar, but he did not. Abraham must take some of the responsibility for this situation. He had taken responsibility for Lot by bringing him along on his journey. It was his responsibility to know if Lot was prepared to make momentous decisions. Abraham should have directed Lot, not allowed him to make this wrong decision. Lot continued to make one bad decision after the other because he would not repent. He could have at any time asked God for forgiveness and approached Abraham for forgiveness. The servant of Abraham lived as a prince (remember the thoughts of the Prodigal Son?). Lot refused to repent, reaped the consequences of his sin, and destroyed his family.
What is the next decision that we will make and how will it affect us and those around us?