Why was Lot in Sodom in the first place? There were no fellow-believers there with whom to worship. There was no prophet there to preach the word of God. The people of Sodom were a terrible influence on his children, and his own soul was vexed by the wickedness of the place. So why did he live there?
I suppose for the same reasons many today live where they do. The wages were higher in Sodom. The fields were more fertile, and he had a fine farm with many cattle. He had invested many years and much labor in his business. He was too old to move and start over.
I’m sure, before the angels came, Lot could have given many reasons why he could not leave Sodom. But out of the ashes of Sodom and the experience in the cave, Lot had different thoughts. What he would have given to have turned back the clock and been able to live with Abraham and the people of God, even if on thirty acres of mountainside land! “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith” (Prov. 15:16).
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)