“The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.” - Genesis 18:1 The Lord did more than make an appearance as you can see if you read the rest of the chapter. The Lord and two angels came to Abraham’s tent and made themselves right at home! They enjoyed a meal and a private conversation with Abraham.
The Lord did not go to Sodom to visit Abraham’s nephew, Lot. He sent two angels instead. The Lord did not feel at home with Lot like He did Abraham.
Lot and Abraham were friends and spiritual brothers as well as being physically related.
Abraham was Lot's spiritual father. When he left his country in obedience to the Lord, Abraham told Lot all that God had revealed to him and invited Lot to join him. They walked together for years, following God's will.
But they had a falling out.
They were both believers, but a disagreement over water and grazing rights now separated them.
Abraham gave Lot the opportunity to choose his land, and Lot, motivated by greed and with no regard for Abraham, chose the rich plains of Sodom. He pitched his tent toward Sodom, and eventually became a citizen of that infamous city.
But his greed and lust for riches, his willingness to part ways with the uncle who had mentored him and given him an opportunity to serve the Lord, cost him everything in the end.
His life took an entirely different turn from Abraham’s because he was willing to compromise and walk away from the Lord.
Lot survived by God’s grace. God snatched him away from Sodom before tragedy struck. He gave him a second chance. The Lord allowed Lot this crisis of faith, which He used to do a greater work, a deeper work in Lot’s life.
He does the same with all of us. He wants to be at home with us.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,” Jesus says (Revelation 3:20).
The riches and cares of the world can make us deaf to His knock, and cause us to miss the great blessing of communion and fellowship with the Lord.
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