Back to Genesis, yes!
My reading is from Genesis 12 – 15. Since much has already been said by my other sisters on Abram, I focused on Lot.
Lot = “covering”
1) son of Haran and Abraham’s nephew who settled in Sodom and was delivered from its destruction by God
From Gesenius’ Lexicon (from www.blueletterbible.org):
The meaning of Lot’s name is covering. Maybe he should have paid more attention to that. Then he would have realized he needs to be more like his uncle Abram who sought God and walked by faith. Instead, Lot relied a lot on what he saw – the blessings heaped upon the Lord by Abram, the flocks, herds and tents. Was Lot too focused on the possessions?
When the time came for Abram and Lot to separate, Abram gave Lot the first choice. There is no record in the bible that Lot sought the Lord in prayer. It is also surprising that Lot did not have the courtesy to defer the first choice to Abram, his elder.
Lot made his fateful choice in Genesis 13:10. Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it [was] well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [even] as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt… Clearly what Lot saw in Egypt made a deep impression on him. What surprised me was verse 13 says, But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the LORD. Did Lot know about this? And he still chose to go there? Did he think he can handle it and it won’t affect him at all? Lot fell for the lie of the devil, who offers us the world and makes sin look beautiful (1 John 2:16). But sin never delivers on it’s promises – as Lot will find out later.
We tend to put too much stock on our sight: Either on what we see, “That is the cutest flock/herd/tent ever. Clearly, I need that. Must.buy.now.” Or what we don’t see, “My situation has not changed, what’s the use of praying?” When all along what we should be doing is what Abram did: Seek the Lord, wait for His direction – and do as we’re told. Maybe our situation has not changed because God is still waiting for us to obey.
Looking back to the Gesenius’ definition above, the parenthetical phrase caught my eye,
“[Rather, the vail which keeps their hearts from God].” It reminded me of what Paul alluded to in 2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)
Seek God first, so as not to get caught in the messiness of this world. Seek God first, so the enemy cannot deceive us and put the covering in our eyes. Just like Lot, whose first experience with the beautiful plains of Jordan was as a captive of war. Just like our unsaved loved ones, whose minds are blinded and held captives of a different war. The covering we all need is not a veil but the blood of Jesus.
Father, we thank You that even in the life of Lot we learn something. We learn not to rely on our senses and our feelings because those can deceive us. We thank You that when we go to You first, You give us guidance and direction. Help us to be obedient to You like Abram. Father, we also ask that You lift the veil that so blinds those whom we love. The veil that keeps their hearts from You. Help them to see the truth and set them free. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]