But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.2 Peter 2:7-8
Away from Wickedness
If you have ever studied Lot and Abraham, then you know that Abraham first allowed Lot to choose the land he wanted before they split and went their separate ways. Lot chose to live near Sodom and Gomorrah, knowing that these were sinful places. This left Abraham with the promised land, the land of Canaan. Abraham did not want to pitch his tent near Sodom and Gomorrah. These verses, however, give us a completely different picture of Lot. Peter says that Lot was considered a righteous man, and that is why God rescued him from Sodom and Gomorrah before he destroyed them. It also says that Lot was tormented every day by the wickedness that was around him. Maybe when he originally pitched his tent near Sodom and Gomorrah, he did not know how truly wicked they were. After a while he got tired of living near wickedness. His soul was tired of being near the wicked.
When we compromise our lives, and see sin as being okay, then we lose that aching inside of us for righteousness. Lot ached for righteousness. God saved him because he turned away from the wickedness of the cities, and instead, embraced who God was.
A Prayer to Remember
May my soul ache for righteousness everyday. May I long to be in your presence and away from wickedness. Amen.