Friday, September 22, 2006

Daily Thoughts – The Almighty’s Awesome Deeds: Sodom and Gomorrah

For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it." (Genesis 19:13)

God is not politically correct. An outcry of a people gets to His ears and instead of embarking on a series of negotiations and discussions to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation, or at least levied some spiritual embargo or blockade against Sodom and Gomorrah, He wipes them off the face of the earth. In unmistakeable fashion. That’s why I’m glad He’s God and I’m not. There are sins in life that sometimes we want to brush over or excuse – perhaps justify and tolerate because ‘we can’t do any better’ or ‘I can’t help it’ or some other well-meaning cliché. The reality is of course is that the thing goes straight to Yahweh as an outcry to which He will respond.

Not to say that the Almighty is just a big bully that goes about beating up anyone He doesn’t like on a whim. No, no the Almighty’s judgement is right – so even when Abraham looks to negotiate with the Just One, he’s actually onto a loser because the judgement has already been passed. After all Genesis 13:13 helpfully points out that people of the vicinity were great sinners – hardly an argument to support a ceasefire on the part of the Almighty.

Indeed such was the impact of God making an example of Sodom and Gomorrah that even Peter, Jude and John had to mention them in passing at the end of the Book. It’s a sobering thought along with the Flood to see how much God hates sin and the lengths He’s wiling to take to get rid of it – whether we’re co-operative or not. And seeing as though we’ve been given these examples of the Awesome Deeds of the Almighty, I believe it pays to take serious heed to them and be equally as ruthless in cutting sin from my life through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God.

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