And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.

8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations,  Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Have you ever been in the midst of something you have nothing to do with, however you end up either being blamed or caught up in the whole mess? It sure looks like this is what happened to Lot.  When we surround ourselves with the wrong people, or just hang out in the wrong places we can get swept up and before you know it, we’re in a real bad place.  There is an old saying ” If you hang around a barber shop, you’ll get a haircut”.  Makes sense, right? Same goes with people, places, and things. In order to have a reasonably happy life, we need to surround ourselves with the right people, stay out of the places that are potentially harmful, and stop doing the things that bring us down.  We all know what they are, however we seem to try and justify how it will be “Okay” this time, or “I don’t do this all the time”.  Eventually, like Lot, it will bring us down.  If and when this happens, there is an answer.  Yup, His name is Jesus.  So if you’re sick and tired of being “sick and tired”, call out!  He will rescue you…..just say Jesus!