“God alone is perfectly and consistently just. We forget; God remembers. We see an action; God sees a motive. This qualifies Him as the best record keeper and judge.” - Charles R. Swindoll
Our world seems to be growing increasingly darker and more wicked. Just a thirty minute news cast is enough to give anyone questions whether there is any decency or morality left in this world. Sometimes amidst this increasing darkness, we forget that sin and wickedness is not a new thing. There have been wretched and dark havens of sin throughout human history that show us the great depravity of man. Probably none more vile than Sodom and Gomorrah.
The only other occurrence of fire and brimstone in the scriptures is in association with Hell, and it makes you ponder, why would God judge these cities so harshly? To show us clearly why such judgement was necessary, a vivid example and story is show in Genesis nineteen.
Two angels come to Lot to warn him of the impending doom of the city. Their appearance in the city did not go unnoticed, but men from every quarter of the city came out to Lot’s residence. I think it is significant that both old and young were there, which shows how prolific this problem was. What was the problem and great sin of Sodom, homosexuality. There was obviously other blatant and heinous sins in this city, but as Romans one would teach us, homosexuality is the clearest indicator that a society and people have rejected God outright.
As the story progresses, we see Lot doing some very peculiar things for a “just man”. He offers his virgin daughters to these repugnant men. He is seen as a joke to his sons-in-law when he attempts to warn them. He finally has to be toted out of the city by the angels. Strange behavior for a man who should be righteous. This of course leads to other more revolting acts; like begging to go to another city, Lot’s wife coveting after Sodom, and the most nauseating, incest.
It becomes apparent that this righteous and just man, Lot, “vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” - 2 Peter 2:8. Poor company led to a poor testimony. What becomes even more shocking is the reality that most of Lot’s “saving” happened as a result of Abraham, and God remembering him!
God is a perfect judge, and He alone is absolutely perfect in his judgement of wickedness and wrong. We live in dark and wicked times, and if we aren’t careful we can begin to make the mistakes of Lot. Lot got close to the source of sin, and then over time moved in, and then eventually became comfortable with it. Like a frog slowing allowing the water to rise in temperature until it is boiled alive.
Don’t allow our increasingly Godless society allure you away from service to Christ. Be a peculiar people in this world. Today live for God, even if it is not popular.
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 19 - 21
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And it came to pass when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which I Lot dwelt.”