So this year I am reading and journaling through the Bible using the F260 plan put out by Replicate Ministries (https://replicate.org/2018/01/11/god-uses-one-verse-to-save-a-life/). This is a great plan because it’s just two chapters a day and it has the weekends off so if you miss a day or two you have an opportunity to catch up. A few days ago I was reading in Genesis where the Lord is going to destroy Sodom and He shows grace on Lot and his family by going in to rescue them. This is the verse that the Holy Spirit highlighted in my mind as I read this account in Genesis chapter 19:
“But he hesitated. Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters. They brought him out and left him outside the city.”
Genesis 19:16 CSB
He hesitated… The verse right before this one says that the two angels were urging Lot by saying: “Get up! Take your wife and your daughters and go or you will die!” And what does Lot do? He hesitates. He hesitates because grew a love for evil by living in Sodom.
I love verse 19 because it shows us that even when we would rather have our evil desires… our positions of power in a wicked land… The Lord has compassion for us.
Because the Lord loves us so much he won’t let us give in to our sinful desires for long.
This is exactly what the Lord did for us when he saved us! I loved Sodom and my place of prominence there but God showed me grace and mercy and love when he forced me to safety.
How often do we want to look back like Lot’s wife? How often do we hesitate when choosing between God’s love and our own wickedness? Every single day. But God shows us grace every single day.
All I deserve is to be destroyed with Sodom but the Lord loves me too much.
Thank you, Lord, for forcing me to safety when I wanted nothing but sin!