Don’t Pitch Your Tent in the Wrong Direction

Look closely at what happened to Lot.

  • Looked toward Sodom (Genesis 13:10).
  • Chose the ground near Sodom (Genesis 13:11).
  • Pitched his tent toward Sodom (Genesis 13:12).
  • Moved to Sodom and dwelt there (Genesis 14:12).
  • Became like the people of Sodom. Acted like a citizen (Genesis 19:9).
  • Gave his daughters to Sodom (Genesis 19:8).
  • Hesitated in leaving the city (Genesis 19:15-16).

Even when the angels delivered him from destruction, he still wanted to live as close to Sodom as possible (Genesis 19). His wife even looked back to the city–longing to be there.

J. R. Ensey in the Apostolic World Report offered a book review on Slouching Towards Gomorrah. He said, “Prosperity urged him to move on into the city where he became a judge, or maybe a mayor. He never intended for things to turn out as they did for his family, but he pitched his tent too far in the wrong direction…If we don’t want to go to Gomorrah, we shouldn’t pitch our tent in that direction.” Consider the short warning found in God’s Word: “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). And don’t pitch your tent in the wrong direction!

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