Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Life Lessons from Biblical Characters | Lot

Genesis 19: 15-26

Again, this passage holds so much in it, that we may end up looking at it for a few weeks.  But for today, I only want to touch upon something that isn't really in the passage itself, but is something I heard from a youth pastor once and it has always stuck with me.

How many people in Sodom and Gomorrah were just passing through?

You have heard of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  What if some of the people in the city were just passing through, visiting because they had heard it was such a hot spot for culture and night life, had friends who had visited and said they just had to go there to see it for themselves. 

The sin in Sodom was grievious (18:20), and God had enough of it.  Yes, in His mercy he removed Lot, his wife, and the daughters that were with him, but remember that they had been specifically prayed for by Abraham. 

Yes, God protects, but when we go places that we know in our heart of hearts should be off limits, we are putting ourselves in danger.  God is good and merciful, but He is also righteous and just.  He is under no obligation to us if we choose to put ourselves in harm's way.

The children's song, "Oh, Be Careful Little Feet Where You Go" is still a good one for adults to remember.  Some lessons never lose their pertinence.

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