Trust in God's Perfect Will (2)
...And the angel said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords! Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.” - Genesis 19:17-20
God has a perfect will for your life because He knows the future more than you know your past. Lot said he does not want to go to the mountain where God led him because evil beasts are there. Though Lot had the privilege of divine escape, he neglected the road mapped for him. When God has spoken and a man chooses to go his own way, he can get killed by the enemy and God will not be blamed, because he left the place of his covering.
Many times, the enemy deceives us that doing the will of God is impossible and wicked of God to have asked us to do that. The devil makes us believe that our own will is superior to God's will. Because Lot has decided to go into the permissive will of God, something evil happened to him; he lost his wife in the process. And today, the only remembrance of Lot on earth is the monument of the pillar of his wife; all because he refused to go the way God planned for him. The wife of Lot became a symbol of divine judgment; she was told not to look back but she did. Why did the woman who heard the divine instruction look back? What did she want that made her neglect God's command? It is possibly because they were used to following their own way.
The reason for the death of Lot's wife and the temptation that befell the daughters of Lot was because the head of the home did not care about the will of God; but promoted his will above God's will. These were the same daughters that lived holy and pure in Sodom, a land full of sin and all sorts of abominable practices.
If the woman had been alive, Lot would not have slept with his two daughters; Lot would have also been a great nation. How can you think God will take you thus far and abandon you? How do you believe the lie of the devil that God will lift you only to bring you down?
When the wife of Lot died, the children felt lonely until they made their father commit incest with them; to produce two nations that are cursed and destroyed before God. All because of a man who will always promote his will above God's will. On the long run, was Lot able to stay where he ran to? Lot got to Zoar to find out that he could not stay in Zoar. Eventually, Lot went to the mountain, but he had already lost his wife. The devil that worked on the wife to make her look back to become a pillar of salt also worked on the children to make them commit incest with their father; an abomination they did not commit even when they were in the land of Sodom. It was all because their father walked in the permissive will of God.
There is nothing God does not know about our lives; Do not let your mind and the wrong things you have heard over the years affect your acceptance of God's will for your life. Let the word of God change your mentality because a man is as rich as his mind.
You will sometimes wonder why bad things often happen to good people. How do bad things happen to people who look good? It is because they have not settled down to ask God what His plans are for their lives; despite their goodness. May you discover the road God has prepared for you.
God's permissive will is not equal to God's perfect will for your life; may you understand this and know God so much that you will avoid the path of self-will and destruction.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I choose to settle for your perfect will for me, give me the grace not to promote my will above your will for me, help me to work through the road that you have mapped out for me to the glory of your name.
Further Reading: Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 13:21, Psalms 139: 16
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Luke 6:39-7:10; Psalm 68:1-18; Proverbs 11:28