“So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” Genesis 12:4
Twelve years ago in the midst of adversity I took a leap of faith, left Connecticut and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. With no offer of employment, family, or friends in the said destination, I quit my job and stepped out on the word of God. Reflecting on past decisions I made one big error: I never left the people behind. Keeping contact with them caused me to be ensnared by the unexpected and it was like fighting to take off an invisible straight jacket.
Reading the call of Abram in Genesis 12 I recognized the problem. God called me not “we” and being very curious I wanted to know the meaning of the name Lot. The Hebrew translation is “covering” or in my case taking Lot was more like a security blanket.
What can we glean from Abram’s experience in taking Lot?
1. Lot was a hindrance.
“And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered and the souls they had gotten in Haran.” (1)
God spoke to Abram, not Abram and Lot. God’s call and promises for each of us should not be regarded as community property. Where God calls us is not where he calls Lot and them. The journey requires we have sufficient. Extra only slows us down.
2. Lot brought contention.
“And there was strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle.”(2)
When we continue to associate with Lot, we remain connected to all those associated with his company. Taking time out to play peace keeper among those who are just in it for the ride is exhausting and time consuming.
3. Lot’s presence was inconvenient.
“And [Chedorlaomer and the allied kings] took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.”(3)
Consequently Lot’s real estate decision resulted with him being in the crossfire of the battle of the five kings. Had he consulted the Lord, or better yet, had he stayed in the Ur of the Chaldees, Abram would not have needed to bail him out when he got into trouble.
When the Lord calls us to do something, He speaks to us and us alone. So let us be strong, of good courage, and not bring Lot with us in our pursuit of God’s will for our lives.
1 Genesis 12:5
2 Genesis 13:7
3 Genesis 14:12