Genesis 19 records the sad story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
We know from
Genesis 18 that the day before, Abraham, concerned for his family in
Gen. 19:29), interceded with the Lord on behalf of the city, and
in the end, the Lord promised: "For the sake of ten, I will not
destroy it." (Gen. 18:32b NIV). Sadly, ten righteous people were
not found in Sodom, and even more sadly, even Lot and his family had to
be pulled out of the city by force (See
Abraham, however, did not know that his family had been saved. In those
days there was no 11 o'clock news, no internet, no texts, no email and
no telephones. There weren't even newspapers. When Abraham looked out
early that next morning, he didn't see Lot being drug away from the city.
All he saw was dense smoke: "Early the next morning Abraham got up
and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked
down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he
saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace."
(Gen. 19:27-28 NIV). Because the Bible doesn't record any further
interaction between Abraham and Lot, there is the possibility that
Abraham would never know that Lot had been saved!
What must he have thought at that point?
The Bible actually doesn't tell us what Abraham thought. All we can do
is imagine, and I don't know about you, but my thoughts might have
screamed forth something like this: "Oh God! My family! They're...gone!"
Interestingly, the fact that Abraham must have believed Lot to be dead
didn't change the fact that what he saw with his eyes and believed as
truth was missing one important piece of information: Lot had been
safely pulled from the city (See
God may not always reveal to us exactly what happens. He may leave us
without all the facts. What our senses scream forth may be missing some
vital piece of information. What do we do then? Do we believe that God
has not kept His promises? Do we begin to doubt? Do we become angry with
Him? Or do we simply have faith that He is in control and cling to Him
despite what our senses are telling us?
Let's remember that the recipe for living a blessed life, a life without
fear, requires that we put our trust in God: "But blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a
tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It
does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no
worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (Jer.
17:7-8 NIV). Though we don't always have all the answers, two things are
clear: Our lack of knowledge about the facts doesn't change them,
and sometimes we are required to simply: "...live by faith, not by sight"
(2 Cor. 5:7 NIV). Abraham's life was an example of this, for although we do
not know his reaction to the destruction of Sodom, we do know that He
continued to put His trust in God: "By
faith Abraham..." (Heb. 11:8 NIV).
Whatever it is you are going through right now, it doesn't matter what
your senses are telling you. What matters is that you cling to the One
who is the Author of Truth; that you never let your faith waiver despite
what your eyes may see; that you trust in the Lord and put your confidence in Him
no matter what. What truly matters
is to live..."by faith and not by sight"!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two,
Author -- "Aboard
God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer",
Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter,
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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