At daybreak the angels urged Lot on: “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he hesitated. Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters. They brought him out and left him outside the city.” (Genesis 19:15–16, CSB)

Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters. When you fail, and you will know that God has your back. He is there to protect your wife and your children when you hesitate. God’s compassion is great and He cares for your spouse and your kids … eve more, than you do.

It seems incomprehensible at times how we, as husbands, can let our wives down. Doubt creeps in and burrows its tunnels throughout our hearts like some groundhog colony. Over time, those tunnels collapse under the pressures of life. At the moment major decisions need to be made, our decisiveness or lack of it, reveals how well we have guarded our hearts.

When Solomon penned these words for his young son, he spoke of them as a preface to the plague of seduction by the forbidden woman inside his court and those that caught his eye. Knowing how they had caused his heart to stray, Solomon wrote: “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” (Proverbs 4:23, CSB)

But what is true of sensuality is also true of any other desire. When Lot struggled to leave Sodom, his inaction evidenced his love for the benefits of a sinful and morally sick community. He liked the fertility of the land, the abundance of the crops, the flocks of sheep and goats. He loved the luxuries and wasn’t willing to give them up, even if it meant his life. Sound familiar?

We live in a pleasure-seeking world. Only those who focus on the things above (See Colossians 3.1-4) will escape the gravitational pull of death and destruction. Walking in His word as the man of God in your house while listening to the whispers of the Spirit of Holiness is the only way to break free from the constant pulling away from God. Choosing today to listen and apply strengthens your future decisions.

Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.