25. Do not become desperate

Lot was saved from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. His wife looked back and turned into a salt pillar, but his two daughters stayed with him. Originally he wanted to go and live in Zoar, but fearing for his life, he fled with his two daughters to live in a cave in the mountains. How sad is that? Lot had so much land, so many possessions and so many cattle. He and Abraham had so much that there was not enough room for all their livestock to roam and that is why they split ways. Lot chose to live close to the 'glitz and glamour' of Sodom and Abraham lived wherever God led him. Now what happened to all Lot's possessions? We can safely assume that it must have been destroyed in the devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah. He now lived in a cave in the mountains with his daughters alone. His daughters became desperate and realised that they will never get married or have children. So they took matters into their own hands and did something terrible.

The two daughters conspired together and decided to get their father drunk. The first night the eldest daughter went to their father and slept with him. And the following night the youngest daughter went and did the same. Both became pregnant from their father and both bore sons. The first born was named Moab and the second born was named Ben-ammi. Moab became the father of the nation - the Moabites. And Ben-ammi became the father of the nation - the Ammonites.

What a terrible story and what a way to end your life. Lot basically had grandchildren through his own two daughters, a despicable act in any generation. Why Lot didn't go and live with his uncle Abraham again, one will never know. Abraham had many men in his household whom Lot's daughters could have married. They could have lived in the household of a Godly man. They could have enjoyed their lives and not be forced to commit incest. And yet they didn't. Lot failed to look after his daughters properly. And the end result was that two nations were born that later became two of Israel's greatest enemies, the Moabites and the Ammonites.

What I feel we can learn from this terrible situation is that we should never take matters in our own hands. When you become desperate, never simply do the first best thing that comes to mind, especially if it is a sinful thing that you want to do. Desperation is not the answer. Things done because you are desperate, has the tendency to leave you worse off than what you would have been. Be patient, breathe in deeply, analyse the situation carefully, get Godly advice from trusted people, pray about it, read the Word, obtain peace about the direction you need to take and only then move out. Wait on God if He tells you to wait. Do not rush things. The only way that things will work out as it should, is if you wait upon God. Waiting is very difficult, but I promise you that waiting is very rewarding. Be patient, and remain hopeful, because you are a child of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Father please give us the patience to wait with a good attitude. We know that when we get desperate we make mistakes. Please help us to refrain from rushing forward and messing things up. Thank you that we can know that You have a good plan for us. We look forward to walking this road with You. In Jesus' Name. Amen


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