Scriptures: Genesis 19:12-13, Genesis 19:30, Romans 8:27-28
The story of a mouse: "a mouse meets a genie who grants him three wishes. The mouse is afraid of cats, so he asks to be a cat. As a cat he was afraid of dogs, so he asks to be a dog. As a dog he was afraid of lions, so he asked to be a lion. Finally the genie told him it did not matter what he was, he had a mouse's heart! He would always live beneath his potential as another animal if he kept his mouse's heart."
Lot lived far beneath his privileges. He had an uncle named Abraham, who was called the friend of God. Lot lived in the wrong place at the wrong time. When given the chance: he looked towards the plains, which was the easy road. Abraham took the mountains, although daunting, they were the place of opportunity. And the Bible tells us that Lot went up out of Zoar.
Zoar has many meanings: little, under privilieged, not where you could be, to settle for less, and near zero. Lot chose the effortless path! He only worshipped God when he visited Abraham's altar. Lot never built his own altar. He was always looking back, which eventually caused the destruction of his marriage and his wife.
As Christians we should not settle for the little Zoar when God wants us to experience the mountains. When we choose the easy road we miss so many God ordained opportunities. When we look back we destroy all the joy and blessings of the present. Ask yourself: are you living beneath your privilege as a child of God?
It's hard to accomplish things for God with a mouse's heart! Climb your mountain, what are you afraid of?