Posted by: springsinthedesert | February 5, 2010

Flee To The Mountains And Do Not Turn Back

When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

   Genesis 19:16-17

The story of Lot is an awakening call to every believer. Every time I read it, I am dreadfully reminded how much God hates sin. God was merciful to Lot and his family may be because Abraham stood in the gap for them. Lot himself chose to live in that place, as he found that plain of Jordan well watered and like a garden of God. So he decided to pitch his tents near Sodom and he never knew that the people of Sodom were constantly sinning against God.(Genesis 13:10-13)

Just like any of us, Lot also got comfortable where he lived, though he was not indulged in their sins. Something about that place attracted him. So when God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, we read that he was hesitated to leave everything behind and obey the words of the angels. But God was so merciful to them and the angels grabbed their hands and led them safely out of that city and asked them to flee for their lives. The angels gave them few commands…Do not look back. Do not stop anywhere and Flee to the mountains.

Did Lot listen to all that commands? Did his wife obeyed everything that God asked? No. So they both had to face the consequences. Now you might say that its true that Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt, disobeying God…but what about Lot? If you read verses 30-36, you will understand what unimaginable thing, Lot had to face for disobeying God. Now what did Lot do to disobey Him? He did not turn back, neither did he stopped in between. Then what was his disobedience? The angels had asked him to flee to the mountains. But Lot asked for an alternative…to flee to the nearby city, which he thought would be the best for him. Genesis 19:19-20 reads  But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.” And that was his disobedience which he later paid for.

Is there any “Sodom and Gomorrah” in your life? Any areas of sin which you have not repented? You know for sure that you are not supposed to be there and still you are attracted to it…you are hesitant to leave everything behind. Something about it still makes you linger around?? God is so merciful to you that He wants to flee from that sin. He wants you to run away from it…leaving everything behind. It is God who has grasped your hand and He will lead you safely out of that dreadful place. But there is a part from our side to be done…Do not look not stop in between and flee to the mountains. I think Lot’s wife might have looked back out of curiosity..just to see what God is doing to the place where they lived so far..Or may be she had some sentimental attachments towards all that she had left behind..Whatever it is, we understand that God do not consider our curiosity or sentimental attachments towards sin…If He says…flee for your lives…then thats what He expects us to do..just leave it for good..never turning back.

Another thing that touched me was that…do we trust God when He asks us to flee to the mountains? Mountains are hard to reach…long run…and after all the catastrophe that happened in Lot’s life…it would have been really difficult for him to run to the mountains. But if God says so, it should be the best for him. I do not know how could Lot bargain with God for another place to live in, after knowing that God was about to destroy Sodom. But the truth is that knowingly or unknowingly we also ask alternatives to God’s plans. How often have we come across the scenario where God will say something, and we will ask something else. We give options. We feel that our options are much appropriate for us, forgetting that we are arguing with the same God who was merciful enough to save us from everything bad. We forget that He knows the best. Mountains are the best place to run know why? Because a mountain spiritually represents “a place of communion with God”. God expects us to run to Him and flee from the sins that hold us back. But we give options of another city (which represents ‘world’). It is just a little different from what we left behind…and it is completely different from the mountain we are called to run to. God respects our choices and He may grant our requests..but the best is always His first choice.

Today, take a decision to flee away from the Sodom in your life. If you are not able to do it by yourself, ask God’s help and He will grab your hand and lead you out of that dangerous place. But when you have come out of that sin, do not turn back or tarry in between…run to the mountain of God where you continually experience the presence of God. And obey Him completely. Partially obeying God will not make you reach the purpose, He has planned for you. Your options may not be the best.  After all He is your creator..Who else will know the best for you than your God? Trust Him.

In Him,

Rani John



  1. I am getting deeply challenged as I read this. I need to dig deep down for those hidden signs of sodom and gomorrah in my life. This is so powerful. Keep sharing, Rani.

    Blessings as you bless others!

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