God Is Merciful

Read Genesis 19:1 through 21:34

Lot appeared to be wealthy and hold an important government position. He sat at the city’s gateway—a place of authority and status. He seemed involved in the local culture and even offered his own daughters to satisfy the sexual desires of an angry male mob.

God still wanted to save him.

Despite repeated and direct warnings from God’s angels, Lot was reluctant to leave the ungodly environment of Sodom. Finally, the angels had to grasp him by the hand, and lead him and his family to safety.

So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham [Lot’s uncle], and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived (Genesis 19:29).

Why would God save such a man?

This story shows justice and mercy in the midst of judgment, the impact intercession can have, and how God’s perspective can differ from that of humans. Second Peter 2 refers to Lot as “righteous” and points out that God knows how to rescue godly people from trials.

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