We’ve all heard that conciliatory remark. It’s the kind of thing you say when you accept the fact that your circumstances are less than ideal. While scholars seem to disagree about the source of the idiom, “lot in life” the phrase definitely reminds you of the Lot in the book of Genesis.
The story of Lot provides a very important lesson. Sometimes you make a choice that results in you living in the wrong place.
Parallel Abraham & Lot’s lives and you’ll see that after these two friends families broke up Lots family went from being highly successful to just barely surviving the judgement of God in Genesis 19. He went north into calamity and Abraham went south into an everlasting covenant with God. Dramatic right?
Sometimes you find yourself living in Sodom
As I reflect on that story I can’t help but recall a time when I lead my family into Sodom, I mean Oroville, CA. I graduated from college with a strong desire to leave Chicago and find a place to invest a lifetime. We found that place in Oroville. A small northern California city in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s which had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates, lowest high school graduation rates, and highest meth usage rates in the state.
We met good people to work with. We got started with a good church. And we even found a little house to live in that would be a solid place to start.
But it was Sodom. It’s not that the place was bad. It’s not that the people at the church were evil. (Well, not especially evil!) And it’s not that our work was unimportant.
But it was that we were in the wrong place. It was clear. It was obvious. The attacks came from all sides. It was like bathing in sulphur.
No matter how hard we tried to convince ourselves that we could thrive, we couldn’t. It wasn’t going to be possible because this was Sodom for us. We tried to make the best of it but each day we were there got progressively worse. It’s hard to explain what’s it’s like to be in that space. But it was bad and you could feel it getting worse and worse.
There’s only one thing to do when you live in Sodom
It’s either get out or wait for destruction. Those are your choices.
If you find yourself in Sodom right now, make a move. It’s not going to get better. Get out like your life depends on it.
Now. NOW. NOW.
How do you know you are living in Sodom? You’ll know. And if you are trying to convince yourself that you don’t… ask some friends who have known you a long time. A true friend will tell you the bold truth.