Monday, June 30, 2008

Facing Destruction

8 I have two daughters who have never had intercourse with men. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you please. But don't do anything to these men, for you know they have come under the shelter of my roof." 9 They replied, "Stand back! This fellow," they sneered, "came here as an immigrant, and now he dares to give orders! We'll treat you worse than them!" With that, they pressed hard against Lot, moving in closer to break down the door. 10 But his guests put out their hands, pulled Lot inside with them, and closed the door;

11 at the same time they struck the men at the entrance of the house, one and all, with such a blinding light that they were utterly unable to reach the doorway. 12 Then the angels said to Lot: "Who else belongs to you here? Your sons (sons-in-law) and your daughters and all who belong to you in the city--take them away from it! 13 We are about to destroy this place, for the outcry reaching the LORD against those in the city is so great that he has sent us to destroy it." 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had contracted marriage with his daughters. "Get up and leave this place," he told them; "the LORD is about to destroy the city." But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 15 As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, "On your way! Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city."

16 When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD'S mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. 17 As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told: "Flee for your life! Don't look back or stop anywhere on the Plain. Get off to the hills at once, or you will be swept away." 18 "Oh, no, my lord!" replied Lot.
Genesis 19:8-18

What on earth would we have done if we were faced with what Lot was encountering when we had visitors. How would we have handled the situation when a mob was after fresh excitement. Would we protect against the evil or cave in and give family to appease their appetites. Amazingly to protect the Lords Angels Lot did that. But the angels intervened before Lot could hand over precious family on their behalf. They were given the chance to be saved and told to go. Why is it as Lot had done, do we hesitate when we are given the offer of salvation as Lot did when he hesitated to leave when told to go. What is it about God's mercy and grace that put us on a dead stop and hesitate to go the route mapped out for us. Why is it when we are given chances in this life to mend our ways and we continue to cause further harm to those closest to us by placing them in front of evil. How do we mirror this situation. What do we do in our daily lives that speaks loudly of handing over innocent souls to appease the peers around us. God's judgement is not one I think we would care to have by way of condemning ourselves by not changing how we treat each other. We are all given opportunities in this life to mend our ways, but some have made choices to continue along the path of destruction rather than to take what was offered them, the hope of salvation. They sealed their fate when they also chose to turn their backs on God.

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