Then he said, “Let the Lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time. Suppose 10 are found there?” He answered, “I will not destroy it on account of 10.” – Genesis 18:32
When Abraham learned of God’s planned destruction of Lot’s hometown (the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah), he began to bargain for the salvation of his kin. The number that they eventually agreed upon was 10. If 10 righteous people could be found, God would spare the cities.
But 10 could not be found … nor eight … nor five … in fact, not even two. Perhaps only one, Lot himself, but even his walk was suspect for he continued to dwell in the midst of such wickedness. Did God know the number of righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah? Absolutely. He also knew the depth of their depravity. Lot and his daughters escaped by God’s grace, not their goodness. They were indeed saved, but the only ONE that mattered in this grace equation was God Himself.
And He is the only ONE that makes the difference for you and me.
Now for my own case, I bless the Lord that, for all that hath been said of me, my conscience doth not condemn me. I do not say I am free of sin, but I am at peace with God through a slain Mediator; and I believe that there is no salvation but only in Christ. – Donald Cargill