Who is our God? What is He like?
He is a faithful God.
Have you ever been in a difficult situation and wondered if God was going to intervene? I think we have all been there before. And I think it is safe to say that during those times of difficulty, the difference between us recognizing or not recognizing the hand of God’s protection is our own walk with God. As we walk in the Spirit, it is much easier for us to discern when the Spirit is directing and leading us away from temptation and trouble. However, when we walk after the flesh, we often fail to see the Spirit’s leading, and ultimately suffer the consequences of our foolish and fleshly decisions. One thing that is absolutely certain in these times:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
God is faithful. He is there for His children every time. He is ready with the way of escape. Whether or not we see it and use it is on us.
As we look to our chapter in Genesis today, we see this wonderful truth unfold before us. Lot has chosen the ways of the world. He has made his decision to live in Sodom based on carnal desires, and it has come back to bite him. He is living in the midst of wickedness, and it has profoundly affected him and his family. He has lost all the respect that he ever had with his sons in law, and his discernment is all but gone. Judgment is about to fall upon his city, and if he does not pack up and get out, it will fall upon him and his family as well. In the midst of this terrible circumstance, God shows up. God sends two messengers to warn one of His own of the judgment about to fall. If you have ever questioned God’s faithfulness, please consider this story of His actively and aggressively merciful provision for Lot and his family.
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 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. (Genesis 19:15-16)
God didn’t just warn them, He took them by the hand to drag them from the impending judgment. What an amazing demonstration of faithfulness to His children. What a way of escape! What mercy! Have you ever been in a difficult situation and watched as God showed up to take you by the hand and pull you out of the danger? God is faithful!
Behold our God!