When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.” But Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lords! Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die; now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved.” – Genesis 19:17-20
When the two angels dragged Lot, his wife, and their two daughters out of Sodom they also told them to run to the mountains for safety. Lot, however, debated with the angels, begging them to allow his family to remain in the small, insignificant village of Zoar. He reasoned that they would not be able to survive in the mountains. Lot was a righteous man, but he lacked wisdom and struggled to trust what God was clearly communicating through those who were trying to preserve his life.
Outside of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, a person cannot be redeemed or escape a fiery judgment. Like Lot, it shows a tremendous lack of wisdom for us to “go our own way” when Jesus (who is The Way) has brought us into the light of His truth. Wherever God leads us is best, no matter what our not-so-common sense may tell us. He knows the dangers. He knows our needs. He knows what is coming.
We must trust Him and let Him lead.
There is no more terrible sight than ignorance in action. – Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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