Focus Verse: ‘WHEN THE MORNING DAWNED the angels urged Lot to hurry . . . lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city’, Genesis chapter 19 verse 15.
In a previous meditation we listened to the words of the psalmist in Psalm 119, who rose before the dawning of the morning to pray to God for help to face the challenges of the following day. Sadly, the scene here is altogether different!
It is EVENING and Lot, Abraham’s nephew, is sitting in the gate of the wicked city of Sodom, when he is visited by two angels, who have come to persuade him to leave the city in order to escape from God’s punishment that is to fall on it. He is, at heart, a righteous man, 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 16, and knows that he should not be living in such a place; nevertheless, he has compromised and allowed himself to become assimilated into its life. Instead of turning to God for help, he had spent the night seeking to persuade his family to leave the city. Not surprisingly, his words fell on stony ground; indeed, they were regarded as a joke by his sons-in-law.
Christians need to take care not to lose their testimony by compromising with the world, which has rejected God and treated His Word as a joke. He has warned us that the ‘MORNING WILL DAWN’, when His Word will come to pass:
‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up’, 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 10.
‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away’, Luke chapter 21 verse 33.
Are you ready for the time when THE MORNING DAWNS?