God’s plans are always the best plans. As we delve into the story of Lot and his escape from the doomed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, we uncover some valuable lessons. While the angels instructed Lot to flee to the mountains and not look back, he hesitated and instead pleaded to be allowed to go to the small nearby village of Zoar. But why did Lot resist running to the mountains?
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The Negotiation with the Angels
Lot, grateful that his life had been spared, displayed a lack of full trust in God’s plans. He believed that going to the mountains would lead to disaster and his eventual demise. Zoar, on the other hand, seemed safer and more familiar. Perhaps Lot had grown accustomed to city life and couldn’t fathom the challenges of living in the mountains. Maybe he doubted whether God would change His mind and bring destruction upon him during the journey. Lot’s negotiation with the angels showcased his limited trust in God’s guidance and his attachment to his own desires.
God’s Relent and the Consequences
Curiously, God acquiesced to Lot’s request and spared Zoar from destruction. However, Lot soon realized that his supposed place of refuge was also dangerous, so he fled to the mountains as originally directed. Lot’s initial resistance to God’s plan resulted in a detour and unnecessary risk. The story teaches us an important lesson about listening to God’s instructions and following them without hesitation.
Our Responses to God’s Plans
Lot’s responses to God’s plans mirror our own reactions. Often, we resist following God’s path due to the difficulties it may entail. We may lack full trust and doubt that His plans are for our ultimate good. Like Lot, we may even believe that our own plans are superior to God’s. Our faith may waver, and we may struggle to let go of our sinful nature.
Trusting in God’s Wisdom
It is crucial that we learn to trust in God’s wisdom and guidance. Even when His plans seem challenging or contrary to our preferences, we must remember that God always has our best interests at heart. Our commitment should be to obey God, follow His plans, and submit ourselves to His will. As we embark on this new year, let us make a conscious effort to trust in God’s plans, knowing that they are always the best plans.
If you’re interested in spiritual resources to help you stay on track this year, be sure to check out our New Year’s resource guide. And for middle and high school students, discover more about our Youth Programs on our Sunday School and Youth Group webpages. If you have any questions, feel free to email Pastor Tom. Remember, God’s plans are always the best plans.
In Christ, PT
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