In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim 6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert. 7 Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar.8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.
Things were peaceful in the hills of Mamre…But down in the lush Jordan Valley, not so much! since all the kingdoms of Canaan had decided to take God out of the equation, chaos ensued. Five Kings, were going to fight four kings–that had wiped out three kingdoms in order to be the one alliance running the valley–confusing, you betcha! Sadly, in the midst of the confusion, Lot, Abram’s nephew, was swept up and he and all he had was captured and taken away.
Now, there is no mention that Lot was involved in the battle, in fact, he probably was not aware of even what was happening. Still, his choice to have it all–led him into the chaos that was the world culture of that day. Lot was an unwitting victim of the selfish ignorance of others–it was neither fair, nor was it his fault, but, it was a horrible price he paid for trying to dance close to the world.
One of the sad parts of our culture is–we hear daily of people simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being victimized by the world. It is not their fault, they did not take overt steps to be victims–but their proximity to world culture is their undoing. We as his chosen, need to choose carefully how we involve ourselves and families in the world. It is not that we have to hide away from society and never see others, but, we can choose not to place ourselves and our families in the middle of danger.
Our prayerful discernment of how we counsel our children’s friend choice, where we let our kids go and where we spend our entertainment time all weigh into our families safety and attitude regarding God, his involvement in our lives and his leadership in our daily choices.
We simply need to allow him to lead and seek his counsel in our daily lives and choices–most important, honor him with our daily lives and our family choices.
God Bless You