May 20 – Genesis 19:15-29
Heavenly Father, this is a story that has always been a difficult one for me. One little step of disobedience, and Lot’s wife is a pillar of salt. But You are a merciful God and You knew she wasn’t a true follower, a true believer. It does make me realize that every time I step into disobedience, even when it seems a trivial matter, it matters to You. You are a holy God, a righteous God, a God who can not stand for sin. How much You forgive us, Father. How very much You forgive me, Father. I thank You for the forgiveness You give, but I ask that You help me focus on pleasing You, not just being forgiven. You already forgive so much, and I want to please You. I want to someday hear You say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Help me love You well. Help me serve You well. Help me represent You well.
In Jesus’ name.
What a mighty, loving God we serve. He was so gracious to Lot and his family. How blessed was Lot to have an Uncle Abraham who loved him and asked God to protect his nephew and family. Is there someone in your life who has cried out to God on your behalf and begged for God to protect you? Is there someone in your life that has had an impact on your witness?
Take time today to thank God for such a relationship. You might even want to send a card to that person and let them know what a difference they have made in your life.
Is there someone you would cry out for God to protect in a similar situation? Why not go to them today and tell them about Jesus?
Who is watching you today to see how you react to trials? Who is watching to see if God is real to you? God will give you the strength to follow Him, as He wants nothing more than true and obedient followers.
15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” 18 And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords. 19 Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. 20 Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!” 21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22 Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.
29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.