Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched tent toward Sodom.
Sodom and Gomorrah was " located in the plain of Jordan and had become synonymous with evil because of the wickedness of their people." ( OT Seminary Teacher Manual)
In Genesis 14 we learn that after Lot faced his tent towards Sodom and Gomorrah and he eventually moved into this wicked area, which then followed four local kings uniting their forces, attacking several cities (including Sodom and Gomorrah), and taking their inhabitants captive.
Lot ultimately was taken captive because he chose to face towards a wicked place.
This example of facing the wrong way reminded me of the recent General Conference Talk Titled, " Which Way Do You Face" by Lynn G. Robbins. As I pondered as to why Lot may have decided to move into the wicked place I wondered; Did it look like fun? Was he worried he wasn't matching up to those around him? Was he influenced by others? Was he seeking for happiness in the wrong places?
"Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the (see Matthew 22:37–39). It is forgetting which way we face. And yet, we have all made that mistake because of the fear of men. In Isaiah the Lord warns us, “Fear ye not the reproach of men” (Isaiah 51:7; see also 2 Nephi 8:7).
The Old Testament Seminary Teacher Manual States:
" In Lot’s case, his decision to pitch his tent toward Sodom led to serious consequences."
Likely, Lot originally had no intention of going into the worldly place of Sodom and Gomorrah, but it began with his small choice to look into it.
I am reminded of a lesson that I was taught by a wise person : We have no choice but to be surrounded at this time with the Great and Spacious Building all around us in the messages that we are sent, but the ways that we respond to what we see around us is a true manifestation of whether or not we are in the world, but not OF it.
Matthew 6:25 :
While I have so many things that I need to do better in order to be a better servant to my God that I love, I am thankful to know that where He is and where He wants us all to be is such a loving, peaceful, and perfect place. I know that we would not appreciate what our God is willing to give us if we had not had our trials and earthly experiences that teach us patience, hard work and enduring to the end. As we strive to become more like Him, we come to know better whom He is, and we love Him with a depth that could not have come to us in any other way. I love Him with all of my heart.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.