Today, Genesis 19:15-29 tells about the heartbreaking destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. I say heartbreaking because we are taught to love everyone and often go about saying hate the sin but love the sinner. But God wiped out everyone in punishment!
I try to think how I would explain that and then I remember God is God and I am not. I believe God is a just God and a very merciful God. What I hear being spoken to me is to listen to God and be obedient to His will. In Sodom and Gomorrah, God’s children did not listen and sin was rampant. Even for the sake of Abraham, God spoke to Lot and told him to leave with his wife and two daughters that they would be spared. After a conversation, they were told what to do and what not to do. But Lot’s wife disobeyed the Lord by looking back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot and his two daughters did obey.
I want to obey God and not sin. I am too often unsuccessful. God seemingly gives me chance after chance thankfully by the blood of Jesus. Today’s reading wakes me up and helps me to realize how blessed I am.
Let’s pray for the ears to listen to God and the courage to be obedient to His Holy Will. Maybe just maybe that little part about Lot’s wife looking back is a reminder for me to focus on the straight and narrow road to eternal life and not to look back on my crooked, pot-holed and unpaved road that I have traveled to get to where I am today. God have mercy on us all!