It is amazing how some children of God follow after righteousness, yet fail to exercise self discipline in their day to day lives. One Biblical character of such is Lot, Abraham’s nephew. The Scriptures testified about Lot that he was a righteous man. Yet he failed to live a disciplined life; which cost him dearly in his later end.
In Genesis 12, Lot went with Abraham when God called him out of his country and from his father’s house. However, he got separated from Abraham after strife emerged between his herdsmen and those of Abraham. God had blessed them exceedingly with livestock and the land on which they dwelt couldn’t contain them.
Following his separation from his Uncle, he pitched his tent toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and was later found dwelling right among the ungodly men of these two cities.
How could a righteous man fail to exercise such restraint and freely pitch tent with the wicked? And find himself unequally yoked with exceedingly immoral and godless men of that time?
In Genesis 14, Sodom and Gomorrah were captured and had their people taken captive, together with Lot. On hearing this, Abraham, with his well-trained men, went to rescue his nephew from captivity. But surprisingly, he went again to live among these wicked men; he failed to detach himself from these sinful cities.
The Scriptures say, “Seeing and hearing their ungodly deeds vexed his righteous soul.” Lot was a righteous man but he lacked self discipline. And he troubled his righteous soul with his failure to rise up and leave that ungodly habitation of his own free will.
Consequently, his undisciplined life wrecked his family and brought him to poverty. His failure to exercise self control made angels drag him and his family forcefully out of this evil habitation to avert being destroyed with their fall. These angels, sent to destroy these ungodly cities, pulled him out leaving behind all he had. He lost his livestock and other possessions. Furthermore, in their escape from destruction, he lost his wife; who had earlier been corrupted by the life of these cities. Later, his two daughters, who had been morally stained by life in the evil habitation, intoxicated him and slept with him; that incest gave rise to the Moabites and Ammonites who became a snare unto God’s chosen people, Israel.
Sad as the story was, such is the consequence of a lack of self discipline in a righteous man. He lost everything for failing to exercise discipline when it mattered most. Being righteous did not exempt him from receiving the consequence of an undisciplined life.
Self discipline is the key to a successful life; it is what accounts for the difference between the Poor and the Rich, the Small and the Great, the Mediocre and the Extraordinary, and the Failure and the Successful.
Righteousness counts, but never fail to exercise self discipline when it matters!