Reference Text: Genesis 19:15-29

Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

When we want to describe God using adjectives, it may be ideal to use the superlative forms because that might be the closest words in our vocabulary to enable us rightly do so. In the extract concerning Lot today, the text reveals one clear trait of God: ‘mercy’. That mercy which caused Him to rescue Lot because He remembered Abraham. But then also, for a God who is abundant in patience, Lot made it difficult for Him to show this.

God clearly is a gentleman who first and foremost utilises words to get through to us but as it is written ‘when Lot kept on procrastinating’ , he had to be forcibly dragged out of the city. This might seem to suggest a hasty decision to enable God destroy Sodom quicker but that was not the case. Instead, it was his desire to definitely see Lot survive the destruction en route that causes Him to use necessary force.

My dear, when God wants you out through a door to another place but you keep on lingering, He will certainly consider the possibility of forcibly evicting you. Lot’s attachment to Sodom would have been the reason for his own demise since he was not ready to let go even when danger stared him straight in the face, something God was unwilling to just accept hence the exhibition of force.

Sometimes in our lives, God may assume the status of ‘ the bad guy’ if that will enable him get us out of a delicate situation when we are dragging our feet. He may shut doors in our face, refuse us entry into others or even go as far as personally cutting some people out of our lives. These will be uncomfortable experiences for us but He sees a much bigger picture than just our brief discomfort.

Remember # To get you to safety, God has no problem using necessary force.

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