Avoiding the Pitfalls

The Bible tells us, “Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.” (2 Peter 2:8, NLT)  Lot lived in the midst of wickedness that claimed even his family and yet he remained righteous.  There has to be a secret. Psalm 1 gives us that secret. Verse 2 says, “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” (Psalm 1:2, NLT) I want you to consider the meaning of the word “but” as used in this context.  The Hebrew author used two words that are directly translated, “for lo”.  “For” could also be translated because.  So the writer is saying, “Because, look, he delights in the law of the Lord.”  The point is this is not just the contrasting behavior; this is the reason for his happy avoidance of the traps. 

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