Summary: Applying God’s example of ’getting Lot out of Sodom and Gommorah’ to our lives today.
God is waiting for you!!
For those that are not Christians, His outstretched hand of salvation has been extended for some time. And, it will continue to be extended until you either accept Him or reject Him, or, Jesus returns.
For those that are Christians, His outstretched hand of comfort, wisdom, and guidance is waiting for you to take it. He is waiting for you to grab that hand of mercy!
All the while that hand is outstretched, there is always a sense of purpose and urgency. There is a sense of purpose in His actions in our lives, in His working in our lives, and in His guidance in our lives.
Do you reach out daily for that hand? Do you embrace your Lord and Savior every day, every decision, every problem, or every choice? You should. Don’t rely on yourself for anything.
The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
II. He’s Coming
Have you ever leaned against a large truck and tried to push it? God is much bigger than that truck. Can you stand on the tracks of a train or subway and expect, in your own power, to stop it? God’s is much bigger than that train!
As a matter of fact, there is nothing that you or I can do to block God’s working in whatever matter or problem that He chooses. He is coming and He is coming soon! AMEN?
The events that took place in Genesis 19 happened so quickly, it astonishes many people. In less than 24 hours, from God appearing to Abraham until the next morning, Sodom and Gomorrah ceased to exist.
Now, many of us doubt the Lord’s full involvement and working in our own everyday, mundane lives. Many of us doubt the Lord taking action in what we feel are nondescript jobs or uncharacteristic lives. Yet, many of us complain of the Lord’s alleged ‘slowness to react’ to things that are going on in our lives.
The people around Sodom and Gomorrah, not the residents, but those around those cities, probably felt that the Lord took His time in bringing His judgment on those two cities. But, aren’t you glad He didn’t come back before saving YOU!
The Lord is coming! Make no mistake about it. Whether it is today, tomorrow, next month, or after we die, He is coming back!
The talk that the Lord had with Abraham,
Genesis 18:20 “Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
may seem to some to be a limitation of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence, but in close examination is characteristic of a loving and caring God. He already knew what was going on in S&G and, He had already determined the course of action way before Abraham was born. His appearance to Abraham was for the very purpose that Abraham used it. (1) To plead for Lot’s life. And, Abraham did plead for his nephew’s life. And, (2) to pass this story down until it reached you and me.
I want to tell you today, the Lord is coming and you and I cannot stop that appointed day any more than we can stand in front of a train and stop it.
Not only is He on His way, but, He’s watching and has been watching.
III. He’s Watching
God knows what’s going on. God knows what’s going on in your life, and what is going on in the world. There is nothing that misses His eye. He already knew that Lot was in S&G. And, He knew that His righteous servant, Abraham, would plead for Lot’s life and that He, the Lord, would rescue Lot from those sinning cities.
The Bible tells us that He is always watching. Always watching to meet our needs, to comfort us, to care for us. God is watching hearts, actions, and the times. And, He is not quietly sitting by waiting for something that resembles what He wants to happen, because He has ordained all that is to happen to you and to me. God is working for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). .