Grab ’em by the hand.

I hate to mention Sodom, but….

God’s compassion is often missed in this story. Two angels were sent to save Lot and his family. Lot was hospitable and brought these two strangers into his home.  “For we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:13)

Concerned, Lot went to get his two son-in-laws. “Get up!” he said, ‘Get out of this place! For the LORD is about to destroy the city!” (Genesis 19:14) They thought he was a fool. Strange that those who are concerned for the lives of others are looked upon as foolish.

When morning came it was time to go and Lot hesitated. “So the men (angels) grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand and his two daughters’ hands – because of the LORD’S compassion for him – and they brought him out and left him outside of the city.” (Genesis 19:16)

This reminds me of those times I was hesitating to move. You know, making excuses instead of obeying, even though I knew it’s for my own good. It is God’s compassion that holds on to us, through the Holy Spirit, as we are brought out of those places of sin.

He calls us His servants who are sent out into the world. Our mission is to witness by lifting up Christ and sharing the good news. There are those who think we are foolish. We can’t help the one who rejects Jesus, and arguing is a waste of time. Move on. The Lord will send you to another who needs someone to grab ’em by the hand and point them toward the Lord.