And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Two places besides Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in this verse, Jordan and Zoar. It was the allure of the Jordan Valley that led him to Sodom. Notice it wasn’t the river he was drawn to, but what the river benefited from. It’s dangerous to be drawn to things, because things aren’t the source of your prosperity.
It also said that it was in the direction of Zoar. It seems insignificant doesn’t it? Until you realize that Jordan means descender, and it was in viewing these things, that Lot began the descent that would cost him his family. It all began with a decision based on a look.
Fast forward a few chapters to the night before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God’s angels tell Lot, get out of the entire valley, and escape to the hills. Lot argues, still talking about what he can see.
He says behold this city is close enough to escape too. Close enough can take you on a long and dangerous journey. He says he can’t escape to the hills because he’ll die, even though angels are telling him he will live. They permit him to escape to the little city he asked for, Zoar. That seemingly insignificant place, which by the way, means insignificant.
23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
I don’t remember seeing that Lot’s wife didn’t look back, until they came to Zoar. I can’t help but wonder, could Lot’s wife have seen Sodom if Lot hadn’t asked to flee to Zoar instead of the hills? She didn’t look back until they got to Zoar.
Yes Lot saved the city, but he lost his wife, and his daughters fell into perversion. God’s permissive will is never as safe as His perfect will. All because Lot refused to leave the valley for the hills. That valley wouldn’t even look the same after judgement hit it, but still Lot wouldn’t leave it.
He did eventually leave it, after he lost his wife. It was then he took his daughters and fled to the hills. The problem was, by this time, they may have left the valley, but it hadn’t left them.
Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.”
Descending into the valley produced Moab and Ammon, and cost Lot everything. What seemed so insignificant, the mention of a little city, turned out to be the biggest mistake of his life. What decision have you or I made that doesn’t seem important?
A harsh word to your wife because you’re tired. A first glance at something you know you shouldn’t be looking at. Maybe a small wrong choice in front of your kids? They seem so small to our eyes, but how large they can be to little eyes.
What they see, can overflow their eyes and flood their hearts. Be careful today about insignificant choices, they could be more costly than you could ever imagine! They could take you down, if you’re not careful.