Scripture: Genesis 19-21. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The angels arrived to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked city. God saved Lot and his daughters from the fiery destruction of Sodom. Lot’s wife, however, disobeyed and turned around to look at the city and turned into a pillar of salt. She was unwilling to turn completely away from Sodom. Lot’s daughters feared they would not find husbands and pass on their family line after the destruction of Sodom, so they lay with their father and stooped to incest, which showed their acceptance of the morals of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham’s wife Sarah gave birth to their son Isaac, as God had promised she would. Abraham’s other son from Hagar (Sarah’s servant), Ishmael, became ruler over a large nation. One day, God tested Abraham. God wanted to see how Abraham would act during a difficult situation and to see if he would still obey all of His commands. God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. God stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, as God saw that Abraham would obey any command He put in front of him, even sacrificing his only son. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, passed away, and Abraham was in a foreign land, looking for a place to bury her. People offered to help Abraham, for they knew he had a good reputation with God, and others respected Abraham. Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, although he didn’t want Isaac to marry a woman from Canaan. Abraham’s servant asked God for guidance with this task, and God pointed him in the right direction. Rebekah then married Isaac.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The story of Sodom shows that the people back in Lot’s time had to deal with the same kinds of sick sins the world faces today. We should always trust God. Sometimes we may get wrapped up in our own wants and environments (just like Lot), that we, too, can be useless to God. We must make a difference and decide to be different in our faith and in our conduct. We, as Christians, should always pray for others to be saved. Prayers are very powerful. Lot’s wife was holding on to her past and unwilling to turn completely away from Sodom. We cannot make progress with God if we are holding on to pieces of our old lives. We must give all of our past experiences and worries to Him. Obeying God is one of the most important things we need to do. We are more likely to sin when we are desperate for what we feel we must have. God works in mysterious ways in our lives. God works just as often in ways we can’t see as in ways we can. Even if we don’t understand all of our situations in life, God may intervene when we least expect it. Once again, God is always in control. The biggest of our problems won’t seem impossible if we just let go and let our Heavenly Father handle them. Remember that God refines each of us through difficult circumstances; and, in doing so, this stretches us to develop our character. When we obey God and follow His path for us, the spiritual benefits of His blessings always outweigh the sacrifices we make. God is good, God provides, and we can all look forward to the many promises He has in store for us, especially a life eternally with Him.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we realize that the world was dealing with the same kinds of repulsive sins back then as the world faces today, and we need You. Help us to trust You and to always obey Your commands, as You know what is best for each and every one of us. Help us not to hold on to our past experiences but to move on, with Your help. We know that we can look forward to the promises You have given to us, especially a life spent eternally with You. We know, Father, that you are good and that You know what is best for us. Please forgive us for the sins that we have committed, and please help us to continually work to better ourselves and to help others. Thank you for everything, Father. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.