Summary: God has a plan and purpose for our lives even when we make poor choices!
BURNING LOT IN SODOM
Genesis 19: 1~29
Have you ever thought that Lot get’s a bad press from most Christians compared to Abraham? Sure, he made a poor choice. It’s also true that he chose to live in a wicked and dangerous place. But God did not abandon him nor does He ever abandon us in our hour of need. Perhaps we need to take a fresh look at Lot’s life from Gods viewpoint.
How did Lot manage to stay righteous? For 2 Peter 2:8 states ”that good man Lot, driven nearly out of his mind by the sexual filth and perversity, was rescued. Surrounded by moral rot day after day after day, that righteous man was in constant torment” (The Message).
I think you would agree that you and I live in a time like that of Sodom and Gomorrah. So how do we stay on track? Can I suggest that it’s because of the prayers of the saints around us and indeed our prayers for them that help keep us safe?
Looking at Abraham in Genesis Chapter 18 leaves us in no doubt. When the Lord reveals His plans to other throw Sodom and Gomorrah in judgement, Abraham intercedes. His intercessory prayers are covering and protecting Lot and all his family. Here we have our example ~ we must cover our family with intercessory prayer on a day-to-day basis.
Abraham’s prayers do not go unheeded and God will not go deaf on your prayers or mine. When God destroyed the cities of the plain, we are told He remembered Abraham, and brought Lot out of the catastrophe. We can seek God for our family, friends because we have a God Who is able.
As with Abraham, the custom of hospitality featured very high on the list for Lot. There is an important lesson for us as Christians to learn here. Hebrews 13:2 tell us “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it”.
Lot was on the look out for people to help in a practical sense. As soon as he saw these people approaching he jumped into action promptly. I wonder sometimes how quickly we are to come to somebody’s aid. We tend to take cover rather than assist, but here we see Lot acting in a polite and humble way. He bows down with his face to the ground addressing them “My lords”, acting in humility as their servant.
Hospitality should also be high on our list but admittedly this can be difficult to put into practice. Perhaps you can share your lunch with someone who is hungry or lonely, maybe we can work together and cook a meal for those people who we know might not get anything to fill their bellies. Let’s be a practical church now and again. What’s the point being taught the same things over and over if we are never going to practise it for real?
4. Missed Invitation
When Abraham had asked God to spare the city for ten righteous people God agreed, but sadly they could not be found. Even here God gives us an example of His mercy. Although the conditions for saving the city could not be met, we see God was willing to save anyone who was prepared to believe in Him and follow His instructions.
The sad thing for me is that the invitation was also offered to the proposed partners of Lot’s daughters, but they turned it down because they thought it was a joke. It was no joke back then and it’s not a joke now. 2 Cor 5:11 tells us “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is plain to your conscience”.
Christianity is not a joke ~ it is the only way we can be sure of our eternal future, a free trip to Heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No~one comes to the Father except through Me”. (John 14:6). This is an invitation for everyone. Sadly there are those who think it’s a joke today but we should not give up trying to convince them otherwise. I pray that no one hearing this message today is willing to take a chance that it’s all a joke. Don’t be like the son-in-laws who went onto perish, the invitation is for you today to come to Jesus.
5. So what is God’s viewpoint about all this?
Can I suggest that we sometimes treat Lot, (and sadly other Christians) as though he was burnt to death in Sodom? But we have to remember Lot was supernaturally rescued. Although Lot compared to Abraham made a poor choice, electing to live in a wicked place, God calls Lot a righteous man: