While reading my Bible this morning, I was captivated by God’s compassion on Lot as the angel grabbed his hand, pulling him out of Sodom along with his family. Abram’s grilling questions earlier, asking if there were any righteous, would God spare the city. God didn’t spare the city, but spared the righteous.
What once was the beautiful lush, green valley that Lot was drawn to when he separated from his Uncle Abram, became a smoldering pile of ashes. But, Lot’s life was spared.
Even after this incredible display of God’s power, Lot’s wife turned back to look at what she was leaving behind. And, Lot’s daughters got him drunk and took advantage of him so they could carry on the family name.
Sometimes no matter what we do or say, others will still choose their own way over God’s. That’s the truth of free will. Yet, we’ll always know that the God of compassion is ready to grab their hand and lift them out of the fire if they choose to let Him.
Abram’s concern for his nephew, Lot is not unlike our concern for our loved ones who are following their own way. They keep edging closer to the fire until they’re surrounded by it—like Lot, who was living near Sodom at first. Then, He lived in Sodom, and was drawn closer to the flame like a moth.
Our heart cries out to God on behalf of those who need Him and we can be sure that God hears and answers those cries. But, ultimately the one who strays closer to the edge needs to hear God’s call to leave the city.
Lot tried to rescue his son in-laws, but they laughed him off. The angel took his wife and daughters by the hand to lead them out—but their hearts were hard. They didn’t see God’s compassion to save, only what He was taking away from them.
Maybe this is what those who don’t know God see—a God who wants to take them away from what they know like, a big bad parent in the sky who is a kill-joy. Little do they understand that when we walk away from the things we think are necessary for life, God fills our lives with much more.
I often hear this from those who resist God’s message of hope: “He’ll ask me to give up…”
The amazing truth about giving up things, is that when God gives us a new heart—the one of flesh in place of the stony one we cling to, we are the ones who want to leave the things we once clung to. It’s as if the mask is dropped and we see them for what they really are—rotting garbage masquerading as choice morsels.
Only the Holy Spirit can speak to a heart and draw them to the Father’s love. Our job isn’t to save, it’s to love. And that love can do the softening—the tilling of the ground—so the heart can be open to the seed of the gospel.
Our challenge as Children of Light is to love like Jesus loves. And, when we do, we will see God doing the work in the hearts around us.
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Read more about Abram and Lot in Genesis chapters 13, 18 and 19.
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