Wednesday, July 02, 2008
19 "You have already thought enough of your servant to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life. But I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me, and so I shall die. 20 Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to. It's only a small place. Let me flee there--it's a small place, isn't it?--that my life may be saved."
21 "Well, then," he replied, "I will also grant you the favor you now ask. I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 Hurry, escape there! I cannot do anything until you arrive there." That is why the town is called Zoar. 23 The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar; 24 at the same time the LORD rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah (from the LORD out of heaven). 25 He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil.
26 But Lot's wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. 27 Early the next morning Abraham went to the place where he had stood in the LORD'S presence.
28 As he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole region of the Plain, he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a furnace. 29 Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living
God was merciful to Lot and his family allowing them to be saved from the destruction at hand. Don't we receive these blessings as well in our own lives when we encounter situations that shake us to move on our way before an accident occurs. Many will chalk it up to something else rather than credit it to the divine mercy of God. What have we done in our lives to merit God's mercy when accidents or disasters are avoided mysteriously. But many a time we fail to thank God for his grace and mercy in delivering us from the peril. We are not always a grateful people. Everyday we are given blessings and graces that touch our lives in such a way to speak loudly of God's presence. In the people we come in contact with, with nature and with our daily living. Sodom and Gomorrah lost because they would not change. Sometimes cities have undergone drastic moments where they are bombarded with disaster. Isn't that a call to change in itself. Or would we rather have our cities destroyed as Sodom was because we refused to listen to his mercy. We have the choice to chose, but will it be wisely and done for the greater good of God or for our own pleasure instead.