Sparing the City By Shining the Light
My word for 2014 is seek. I didn’t want to choose seek. I wasn’t even sure it was a “good” word to pick. And yet just a few days in, I’m finding.
Yesterday a friend posted the daily scripture from YouVersion on FaceBook along with how it applied to her life. When I saw that same scripture yesterday, I thought, “That has nothing to do with seeking. I’m not sharing that today.”
I wrote my post yesterday on seeking God in each moment instead of the past or the future. I used the song “Blink” by Revive to tie together the ideas of numbering our days and not looking back like Lot’s wife.
Later in the afternoon a song I hadn’t heard before came across my Pandora station. Josh Wilson’s “Pushing Back the Dark” lyrics immediately reminded me of the Facebook post I had read earlier, and then when the chorus hit, I was driven back to my devotion time looking at Lot’s wife.
Lord, where was this song when I did my writing for the day? This would have been the perfect song!
How many times do Christians ask the question how long will God tolerate this sinful world? Aren’t we living in a time that is as sinful as Sodom and Gomorrah (S&G)?
When Abraham learned that God was going to destroy S&G for their wicked and perverse ways, he asked Him an interesting question.
This conversation continues through Genesis 18 until God promises to spare the entire city if even TEN righteous people can be found living there.
In the end, the city gets destroyed. There wasn’t ten righteous people in that city. And one that was lead out of the city to safety, looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Ten righteous people.
I don’t know where you live, but the “city” I live in has something like 610ish people. Will God spare our city if there are ten righteous people within our boundaries?
The verse of the day on YouVersion when I did my reading this morning:
Think you aren’t important? Think the small light within you has no affect?
Your light, the light of the world, is not only important and effective, but life-giving to those around you. The city needs the light you have within you. The other nine, or more, people within your city need your light, too.