He means it

A sobering lesson. When God says leave, He means leave. In my previous post I talked about Abraham having to leave everything behind to follow God’s will for his life. This time, it is Lot’s life on the line in Sodom. Fortunately, he has Abraham to plead for his life to God. It’s shocking to me that they (Lot and family) literally had to be dragged out by the angels.

“With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.’ When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. ” Genesis 19:15-16

Even after all the pleading to stay or not go to the mountains God is still merciful to Lot and his family. What a patient God.

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26

When God is delivering you from death, a life of misery, pain, comfort or whatever it is He is moving you out of, He doesn’t want you to look back. Apparently Lot doesn’t show much interest in being saved during the angels’ pleas. Lot’s wife must have been extremely reluctant to leave to look back after the angels specifically told everyone not to.

God’s mercy to Lot should console me. When I am slow to get His point, scared to give up what is actually dangerous to me, and constantly trying to bargain with God over my life and path…you would think He would get frustrated and just give up on me.

Character Sketch of Lot’s Wife from my Women of Faith Bible:

Lot and his wife had enjoyed following along with Abraham, Lot’s uncle. God had blessed Abraham with great riches, which Lot’s family shared. But, unlike Abraham, Lot’s family had not connected with the God who gave the blessing…Abraham’s prayer on behalf of the city was the only thing that stood between Lot’s family and utter destruction. And though angels escorted them, they argued. One of God’s demands was nonnegotiable, however. The break from sin must be complete. No looking back, no baggage from the wicked past-all of their wealth was left behind. But it appears that Lot’s wife regretted leaving Sodom and all its comforts. Her backward glance suggests that even in the very presence of God she longed for the life and the things that led to destruction. She didn’t believe, and she disobeyed the angel’s command. God remained true to his word. Lot and his family flirted with temptation and lost everything. We too are swayed by our culture in ways we don’t even realize. It’s not enough to be a good person, to associate with other good people and to share in their blessings, as Lot’s family shared Abraham’s prosperity. In the face of God’s judgement, only Jesus stands between us and eternal destruction. Only Jesus can cover all the refuse of our lives and proclaim us righteous.”

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