Have you ever said something along the lines of, “I’d never do anything like that, no matter what!” Probably we all have, and while it’s great to have such a confident resolve, we need to be humble and aware of the possibility of our weaknesses. If we aren’t careful, we can take our eyes off of God and allow our circumstances to govern our choices.
Allow me to illustrate. Do you remember Lot’s daughters who escaped the doomed city of Sodom? Probably what most people remember about them is that after they escaped Sodom, they found themselves in a troublesome circumstance. They thought that because they had left the city, and were dwelling in the mountains they’d never find a husband, and consequently never have children (Genesis 19:30-36). Their circumstances caused them to devise and carry out an ungodly plan involving fornication, namely incest with their father.
But here’s what I don’t want you to miss. These daughters of Lot were virgins. Do you remember that Lot offered his “virgin daughters” to the men of Sodom (Genesis 19:8). From the description we are given of Sodom, I’m forced to ask, “How do you remain a virgin in a city like Sodom?” To the credit of these two women, they lived in a city given over to debauchery, and yet they weren’t influenced by their culture. They had somehow managed to keep themselves pure. No doubt, this was a struggle for them. Surely opportunities abounded, but they chose the path of purity.
But how could two women with the resolve to remain sexually pure in a sexually immoral city such as Sodom, commit such a depraved sexual act with their own father? The answer is that they experienced a change in their circumstances. They took their eyes off God, and began looking at their circumstances. It was at that point, that a life-long commitment and sacrifice was thrown to the wind and forfeited.
Now here’s my point. Don’t think that the circumstances of life cannot affect your decision to serve God. Grant it, they shouldn’t, but they sometimes do. Therefore, we need reminders from time to time from people like Lot’s daughters, the denials of the apostle Peter, and others so that we will keep our focus on God and remember that the battle isn’t over yet. There’s still more fighting to do.