What a mess.
Abraham begged God boldly to save Sodom for the sake of a few righteous people, and God agreed. But there obviously weren’t any to be found.
Now, I could fill the page with all the horrible things happening in Sodom and Gomorrah. I could focus on God’s hatred for sin and his need to destroy it. I could dive in to the topic of incest and how Lot’s daughters both gave birth to their father’s sons. I could. But I won’t.
Because hidden in all of the mess is one, tiny treasure of life-changing magnitude.
So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. (vs. 29)
“He remembered Abraham, and brought Lot out of the catastrophe.” So great.
Abraham’s bold conversation with God (from the previous chapter) made all the difference. Lot wasn’t spared for his own righteousness, but the righteousness and pleading of his Uncle. He was spared, and the rest was up to him.
As a daughter, wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandma, sister, teacher, friend (the list goes on)…these words are powerful.
Am I having bold conversations with God about my kids and grandkids? About my husband? About my students or friends? Am I living the kind of life that makes God want to hear my prayers?
My heart hurts. It worries. Life is busy, and secular things take priority. Too often, I don’t respond like Abraham. I talk to other people and obsess about things in my mind. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at that. I can lay awake for hours, just thinking about all the things I’m worried about. Seriously, if it were an Olympic sport, I might make the podium!
Genesis Nineteen is a powerful reminder that bold conversations with God must happen. He doesn’t demand perfection because he knows we’re incapable. But he responds when our hearts are fixed on him and we desire to do what’s right. He loves us and he doesn’t want to eavesdrop. He is our Wonderful Counselor and he wants us to talk to him…just like Abraham did.
Lot was spared because of Abraham, but the rest was up to him. As much as we might try, we’ll never be able to control other people. We can’t make them live life the way we think they should. They have the free will to make decisions for themselves…same as Lot and his daughters.
But we can control our communication with God about the people we care about. We can – and should – have bold conversations on their behalf. It’s so much better than trying to handle things on our own, while wondering why God isn’t helping. We have to ask.