One question resonated in my mind today after reading this section of scripture.
“How compassionate are you?”
Think about Abraham where we find him in Genesis 18. While his primary concern was Lot (his trusty nephew), he still chose to intercede on behalf of one of the wickedest cities in the history of the world. He pleaded with the Lord to save the city. Is this how the dialogue between me and God would have gone? Probably not.
Here are some things I found to be fascinating from this passage:
1) The nearness of God to Abraham. The Lord was having a conversation with him. Fascinating, even though we see this over and over again in the Bible. This is the same access to God we get through the Holy Spirit and His Word! Immanuel, God is with us.
2) God had special plans in store for Abraham. No doubt in my mind that this was a part of God’s molding of his character and spiritual depth.
3) This was one seriously depraved place. Not even 10? Wow. How many righteous would He find in our city?
4) The Lord is Judge AND Savior. We must seek Him while His offer is on the table, and we must get the news of that offer to everyone we can.
Back to the question that the Lord placed on my heart. No, I am not very compassionate at all. I would have probably prayed for the destruction of Sodom, much like I do for the destruction of many evils we experience on this planet right now. But I want that to change. Do I want evil to come to an end? ABSOLUTELY. But I also know that I was desperate for the grace and mercy of Christ, and I didn’t deserve it for a second. My commitment is to pray for the salvation and transformation of those who pilot or participate in the atrocities of our day (while also asking the Lord to put an end to this evil and to return soon!).
This all reminds me of a powerful song by Matt Redman. We sang this a few years ago during October Missions Emphasis (maybe in 2013?). The general theme: that worshiping God would motivate me to pray for people to come to Christ and inspire me to do whatever I personally can to get the gospel to the darkest corners of the globe. If you have a moment, take a listen:
What did the Lord teach you today, CPC? How can we pray for you?
By: Todd Thomas