“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49 NIV
It’s interesting what God says the sins of Sodom were compared to what others say. They usually focus on just one thing.
“Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” Genesis 13:13 NIV
A righteous man named Lot and his family lived in Sodom. What affect do you think Lot’s environment had on him? The same affect this world has on you if you’re righteous:
“For that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.” 2Peter 2:8 NIV
No, Lot did not mirror the wickedness around him. He was strong in the Lord. But that doesn’t mean that nothing bothered him. He was tormented in his soul by what he saw and heard. If you feel tormented by the wickedness you see and hear around you just like Lot, you’re in a good place. I know, it doesn’t feel good, buy you are in a good place spirityally.
THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS
Jesus said the last days right before his coming would be just like it was in Lot’s day:
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:28-30 NIV
Remember that God said Sodom’s sins was her arrogance, she was overfed (greedy), had no concern, and didn’t help the poor and needy. Does that not characterize the world we live in today? Jesus said in Lot’s day the people of Sodom were buying and selling, eating and drinking, building and planting. It was all commerce and pleasure and business as usual. The problem was these were the only things they were selfishly consumed with. Their hearts were callous. They had no mercy, no love. Is that not the same kind of world we live in today? We’re definitely in the time Jesus foretold would mark his second coming. He will surely come. But for the world it won’t be pretty.
“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.” Revelation 16:15 NLT
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT
We are in modern day Sodom indeed. We are in the last days. What happened to Sodom is about to happen to the entire world. And there are a few Lots who live in Sodom today. If your heart aches at the evil all around you, it’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re in a good place. Just fight not to become overwhelmed and overly saddened by it. God will sustain us during these times just as he sustained Lot. Do what Jesus says; bless those who curse you, pray for and do good to them that persecute you. Continue to shine God’s light in your hearts by imitating Jesus. Don’t let anyone or any bad experience take that (your light) away from you. Jesus will fully and eternally reward all who are faithful to the end. All the chaos going on today that’s designed to distract us still doesn’t change the fact that Jesus is coming soon:
“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” Luke 21:28 NLT
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