Lots soul must have been tortured daily by what he saw in the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although it was his choice to dwell in the cities when he chose the land in the Jordan, God still declared him righteous. Righteous enough to send angels to rescue him before He destroyed these wicked cities. What a lengthy trial Lot must have endured when faced with the temptations of these lascivious cites. Daily his mind was wrecked with trying to live justly among ravenous wolves. But God provided a way out for him. Although God didn’t cause the trial, He provided a way out. He delivered him by sending angels to warn him to get out of the city before it was destroyed.
I believe, whether our trials and temptations are self inflicted, or caused by another, that God WILL provide a way out of them. We don’t know how long Lot and his family lived there. I do wonder what happened to his livestock and his possessions that he had when he walked with Abraham. Sometimes we lose things during our trials and temptations. Promises that we’re meant to give us a hope of a future to hold onto. We struggle under the pressure as the enemy steals every morsel of an expectant future. But God saw Lot as righteous. Because of Jesus we too are declared righteous. He waits to rescue us from our fortified cities of despair, hurt, condemnation, and disappointment, among other vices of self-infliction. We tend to lose our focus from a God who will deliver us, to our situation. So He sent angels to rescue Lot. Today He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. He may use a person, His Word, or other avenues, but they all give us a revelation that can set us free from our captivity. It is our way out! This is how a loving Father cares for His children. He doesn’t bring pain or death, or bad situations to teach us a lesson to build anything in us. No! He builds in us faith. He gives us hope. The church today has squelched the voice of the prophetic not realizing that it’s the prophetic word that can tear down a fortified city (stronghold) and set us free. But that’s another lesson (free random thought). One thing is for sure, once delivered from our infliction, God,will restore what was stolen by the enemy.
(Scripture reading Genesis 19)