I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to walk together through the Bible this year with our church family. Just to imagine you wherever we are in the valley opening our hearts and our Bibles and giving the Holy Spirit the opportunity to bring revelation and the power of God’s Word rushing into our lives. No doubt some of us without even realizing it could find ourselves reading the same passages at the same time and together receiving insight into our lives courtesy of the Holy Spirit. When I saw what my first blog of this journey would be taken from, I had to take a step back. I was going to have the opportunity to blog about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot and his daughters entering into incest. What an uplifting way to first greet our church family during The Bible in 365. I thought about summarizing this day’s reading with a summary statement that would be one of the world’s shortest blogs—Turn or Burn.
Then my better judgment got hold of me and I decided to go in a different direction. So today I want to zero in on Lot’s family being mercifully pulled out of Sodom.
Living in Sodom had not been a good thing in Lot’s life. It appears that he had not totally abandoned his faith, but when Lot offered his two daughters to the mob of reprobates so they could do whatever their perverted minds could conceive, it became clear that some of Sodom had rubbed off on him. His suggestion that they could use his daughters shows how deeply sin had been absorbed into Lot’s life. As one commentary puts it, “He had become hardened to evil acts in an evil city.”
Even knowing the destruction that was coming, verse 16 of Genesis 19 says that Lot still hesitated to leave. The angels seized the hands of Lot, his wife and daughters and rushed them out of the city. Verse 17 says, “When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, ‘Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!’”
Lot was in a place where he didn’t belong. He had been there long enough that he had become oblivious to what a “fish out of water” he was in Sodom. Simply him remaining in the city as long as he did had eroded and changed him, and he didn’t even realize it had happened. And even when he was told that everything around him, the toxic mess that was called Sodom, was on the edge of being destroyed, he reluctantly left it behind as the angels practically drug he and his family away to safety.
Some of us may be living in toxic messes, situations that we have no businesses being in, or relationships that God could never put His blessing on. And from this account that God preserved for us to learn from, the pages of our Bibles are screaming, “Get out of there. And don’t look back.” God doesn’t want us looking back because if He is delivering us from a situation, a place, a relationship, He knows that we like Lot, have been changed or are being changed by it. He knows that we have a weakness in it. And He loves us so much that He is willing to practically drag us out of it and get us to a place of safety.
As the year 2013 begins to unfold, could we let the Holy Spirit embrace us and possibly show us that we are somewhere, with someone, or involved in something that will destroy us. And as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to a place of safety could we also not look back but instead look forward to what He has in mind for us.
I’ll see you at church.