Genesis 19 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Early in the morning, Abraham went to the place where he had stood before the L_rd. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of the plain, and he saw that smoke going up from the land like the smoke of a furnace. So it was when G_d destroyed the cities of the plain, He remembered Abraham and brought Lot out of the middle of the upheaval when He overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.” Genesis 19:2-29
Speechless. That’s how I was the night a high school friend and I walked into his home at 2am. His mom had been sitting in a chair by the front door for hours, just waiting for the moment he walked-in, so she could slap his face! There he lay on the floor. There she stood over him. I didn’t say a word. I just slowly turned around and walked back to my home across town.
That’s the way I picture Abraham, looking down on Sodom & Gomorrah, smoke still rising. Its simplicity reminds me of Hemingway’s writing. No dialogue, just a long stare…fade to black.
How is it that we can accept the accounts of Noah’s flood or Sodom & Gomorrah, but when it comes to the Day of The Lord, almost nobody takes the coming judgment serious? Just look at how similar the accounts are.
“They came up over the surface of the Earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from Heaven and consumed them. The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:9-10
What I appreciate about today’s passage is Abraham’s intercession on behalf of Lot. He pleaded with the L_rd for Lot’s life, as well as his entire family. When was the last time you pleaded with the L_rd…even tried to negotiate with Him…on behalf of a non-believing friend? If we really considered the absolute inevitability of the coming judgment, perhaps we would have more of an evangelistic sense of urgency. Consider the angel’s words to the apostle John:
“He (the angel) also said to me, ‘Don’t seal up prophetic words of this book because the time is near. Let the unrighteous go on in unrighteousness; let the filthy go on being filthy; let the righteous go on in righteousness; and let the holy go on being made holy.’” Revelation 22:10-11
We need to preach the gospel in its entirety, as Abraham did, knowing some people will respond as the citizens of Sodom & Gomorrah, others as Lot’s wife, still others as Lot. Nevertheless, we can stand before the L_rd knowing we seized every opportunity to lead the lost to salvation. May G_d’s Ruach (Spirit) make our testimonies effective!
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, January 29, 2014