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What would it take to put your family first? How would you change your daily routine? Where would you live that would be most conducive to your children’s spiritual health? Would you be willing to make sacrifices that might cost you your job, your home, and even friendships? What are you willing to leave behind in order to provide the best for your kids? If you wrestle with questions like these, you are not alone. There’s someone in the Bible who struggled to put family first.

Lot, the nephew of Abraham, chose to live with his family in a beautiful place. The climate was perfect, the job opportunities plentiful, the shopping was perhaps the best in that region. But Sodom was a city so evil that God planned to destroy it. Genesis 19 tells the story of two angels visiting Lot to encourage him to leave Sodom and save his family. When Lot spoke with his future son-in-laws, they thought he was joking.

Lot’s family was strongly tied to their home in Sodom. They could not imagine letting go of their house, their friends, their wealth, their life! Lot was in a quandary. He seemed frozen in confusion. His feet struggled to move, but he must. Except that these angel visitors literally took them by the hands and led them out of town, they would probably have stayed and been destroyed.

Took Hold of His Hand

“And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, ‘Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed’” (Genesis 19:16, 17).

Perhaps you have a difficult decision to make regarding your family. Maybe you need to make a hard choice. If you have prayed and feel clear about making a change but hesitate, there are two lessons to learn from our friend Lot. The first is to remember that God is by your side. The Lord is just as merciful to us today as to Lot and his family. It is a startling and moving picture to see God’s angels reach out and take the hands of Lot’s family and with a firm grasp lead them to safety. Can you imagine holding the hand of an angel?

Second, don’t look back. If you have studied, prayed and are quite clear about putting your family first, don’t mull over what you leave behind. It won’t help you or your family. We all will have our moments of wonder about decisions we make. But remember Lot. He appears to have finally made the right choice, but living in the wrong place ended in the loss of his wife and scarred his daughters. Don’t wait too long to put your family first. And when you make them a priority, don’t look back.

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