Friday, July 19, 2013

Perspectives on Lot Pt. 2: God's Salvation 7/19/2013

"...and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;  and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men  (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds),  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,"  2 Peter 2:6-9

It is said that there are some times that we do not seem to be able to get out of our way.  In times like these (and at all times), it is good that we have God.  Lot made the choice to live among the unrighteous heathen populating the city of Sodom.  This was an interesting choice in that he could have lived elsewhere and not had the challenges he endured there.  Nevertheless, he is credited in the word of God as a righteous man who was in fact grieved by the behavior of those around him.  We never read where Lot committed an unrighteous act, though we can see that he made a number of questionable decisions such as offering his virgin daughters to quell the passions of a mob.

Beloved, Lot represents many of us today as we pursue Christian lives.  Like Lot, we live in a world in which we are surrounded by unrighteousness, debauchery, lawless behaviors, loose morals and sin.  Like Lot, we are foreigners (Genesis 19:9, John 15:19) and are unpopular with the world.  Like Lot we struggle to maintain our righteousness.  Like Lot we are exasperated by the things we see going on around us.  And like Lot, we make questionable decisions every day about what we believe, where we go, what we do, what we say and what we think.  Not infrequently, our choices put us in situations that expose us to great spiritual jeopardy.

It is good to know that the same God that sent his angels to rescue Lot from the destruction the Sodomites had brought upon themselves is the same God that will rescue His own from this present world.  We must, like Lot, be willing to maintain our righteousness, remain open to the word and will of God and obediently accept and follow His direction in order to avail ourselves of the salvation He offers.  Wherever it is that we wisely or unwisely choose to be, let us be sure that we remain close to the Father, "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?" 1 Peter 4:17-18.



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