January 6, 2015
It is interesting how Abraham intercedes for Sodom in Genesis 18:22-25. Of course he is doing so because of his nephew, Lot and his family. If there were only 50 or 40… or even 10 righteous people left in the city the question is asked, “Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?” (V.24)
It is important for us to understand that God is both just and merciful. Abraham goes on to say… “Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
Paul, in Romans 3:26 tells us that God is “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
What is the divine response to Abraham’s question and statement? It is all mercy. “He answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.’” (v.32)
What most people think is that God can not wait to judge us. But the opposite is true. In fact, in Jeremiah God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
So remember, no matter what depths that you have sunk, nor sin that you have held, there is hope for you in God’s mercy. So turn from the sin and come to the Savior. He loves you and desires to restore you.