When a person chooses to ignore and deny the will of God, one will find that, over time, circumstances can become overbearing. This is not to suggest that Christians have it easy and when one follows Christ problems go away. In fact the Bible teaches quiet the opposite - that following Christ will ensure tribulations and suffering of various kinds. The difference however is that those who ignore the will of God experience the same degree of difficulty but without confidence, without hope, and without joy. The Lord promised that His disciples would suffer, but He also promised peace and joy in the midst of suffering. The Bible shows that those who suffer without The Lord end up in positions of hopelessness, despair, and without a sense of direction, thereby causing many to go deeper into darkness while distancing themselves farther from The Lord.
In Genesis 14:1-16 the Bible documents a battle that was taking place in the Jordan Valley where Lot was living. Since the land that Lot chose was pleasing to the eye and valuable, the Bible shows that there were 9 of the most powerful kings of the time that sought to have it. Therefore, 4 of the kings teamed up against 5 of the kings and they went to war. Genesis 14:1-16 explains that the 4 kings defeated the 5 that were already in the land. As a result, the 4 kings moved in and took over the Jordan Valley.
The Bible provides subtle details in regards to Lot's involvement in this battle. The scriptures show that Lot, his family and his possessions were captured in the battle as prisoners of war and carried off into another place. However, the details of the scriptures show that Lot put himself and his family in this position because of his fleshly desires and his willingness to compromise to fulfill his desires. Genesis 14:1-16 explains that Lot and his family were captured because they were living in Sodom at the time. Recalling the previous chapter, when Lot and Abram separated, Lot was living "near" Sodom, which was described as evil. The Bible is not clear on how much time had passed, but in that time, Lot went from living "near" a wicked city, to living "in" a wicked city. The scriptures did not show Lot inquiring of The Lord in making his decision on where to live. Instead the scriptures showed Lot choose his home based on the lusts of his flesh. The lusts of his flesh caused him to dwell "near" wickedness at first, but it was only a matter of time until he was living "in" wickedness because he wasn't seeking to please The Lord. Lot was only seeking to please himself so that his decisions caused him and his family to be captured as prisoners of war. If Lot had stayed in the land of Canaan rather than pursuing his fleshly desires, he and his family would have been safe. This is not to say their lives would have been easy, but they would have been safe in God's will.
As the scriptures go on, there is another great contrast provided. Genesis 14:1-16 explains that Abram had remained obedient and was still living in the land that God had commanded. Upon hearing about his nephew Lot being captured, Abram was in position to take action. As Abram was obedient to the will of God, the Lord allowed Abram to be in a position to serve the needs of others so that Abram was able to make efforts to help his nephew. Scripture explains that Abram gathered together 318 servants and sought to do battle against the king who had captured Lot. Though Abram was well over 75 years of age at this time, he was confident in his mandate and the grace of God covered Abram in his efforts so that Lot, his family and his possessions were all restored.
It is interesting to compare the lives of Abram and Lot. As Abram sought to please God, the Bible shows that he encountered difficulty and made mistakes that compounded his problems. However, the Bible shows that Abram had a relationship with God and overall sought to please the Lord by doing His will. As a result, Abram received the grace of God and was restored with the help of God while God worked to fulfill His promises. In contrast, the Bible does not show that Lot had this same kind of relationship. Though the Bible will later show that Lot was a righteous man to some degree, he was heavily motivated by his flesh and worldly possessions. His unwillingness to temper those desires to seek to develop his relationship with God caused Lot to compromise, which eventually got him in a lot of trouble. Though Lot was ultimately rescued by the grace of God as well, Lot's affection for worldly pleasures was dragging him deeper and deeper into sin, which would ultimately destroy his whole family. The scriptures are true. The testimonies of many people alive today can verify the scriptures as true. The lesson is clear. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.