2 Peter 2:6-9 (NLT)
6 Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day. 9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
Peter explains how God passed judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities became an example of those who do not believe in God. Lot who did believe in God and tried to keep God commands was constantly being tested. The Hebrew word basanizo meant to test as an assayer rubbing a touchstone against a supposed precious metal to see if it was indeed pure. And while Lot remained in a place that tormented him, God rescued him from the punishment the others received.
When most of us think of Sodom and Gomorrah we think of the destruction of those cities. But before their destruction, Sodom was a wealthy city. The city itself sat on fertile ground near the Jordan River. There was commercial trade there and the city prospered. History says Sodom only accepted the wealthy. Lot was a man of great wealth and he decided he wanted to live in Sodom. In Genesis 13:5 the bible says, “Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep, goats, herds of cattle and many tents.” Lot saw Sodom as a place where his wealth would let him fit in with others. The only problem was the city’s morals did not fit with what God desired for Lot; so Lot was tormented by being pulled towards the riches of the city and the desires of God. Pride held Lot captive because he wanted to be with those who were wealthy. It’s ironic when Lot was rescued from Sodom by the angles he had to leave behind all of his wealth. Everything he valued was lost as the city was destroyed. But this was not the first time Lot had lost everything. Genesis 14 recounts the story of Lot being carried off from the city of Sodom with all his possessions after it was attacked by foreign kings. Only because he was rescued by his uncle Abraham did he gain back his wealth and return to Sodom. Lot had been given one opportunity to see what his wealthy living could cost him. It took a second time for him to understand the true cost. Do you have to be warned more than once about sin? Do you realize there will be a cost for continuing in sins path? Pray God would remove the hindrances from your life that would separate you from Him. Pray God would take away pride that holds you captive to sin. Pray you would listen when God speaks.