Do you know that wherever you the righteous go, you can save a city?
Along with Sodom and Gomorrah, their neighbouring towns were to be overthrown as well (Jer 50:40). Take heed, Sodom and Gomorrah were so contagious to their neighbourhood, so that the neighbouring towns were also to be destroyed. Be very careful with Sodom and Gomorrah. Are you in their surrounding area? You had better go a bit further. Make sure you are in a safe zone.
However, Lot, when led by God’s angels out of Sodom, asked to run to Zoar, a small town near Sodom, because he believed he could not flee to the mountains. And therefore Zoar, which was supposed to be overthrown, was spared! It was not destroyed because Lot went there. The Lord said through His angel “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.” (Gen 19:21 NIV). Will you ask to spare your city? As He granted Lot’s request, He will also grant your request.
Pray for the city where you live, for its prosperity is your prosperity (Jer 29:7).
Do you remember a prisoner who saved the whole people sailing with him? His name was Paul. Their ship was caught by a dreadful storm. The ship were driven along for many days and they have given up all hope of being saved. However, an angel of God appeared to Paul and told him ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ (Acts 27:24)
Wherever you are, you can save people in your place: your marketplace, your school, your university, your whole apartment building, etc.
More importantly, you save your family! When God saves you, He saves all of your family: your sons, daughters, sons-in-law, father, mother, anyone who belongs to you (Gen 19:12). Whether they are righteous or not, God would save them all for your sake!
Lot’s sons-in-law were wicked people. They are of Sodom. They did not know God and they thought Lot was mocking as he tried to get them out of the city (Gen 19:14). And yet God was the one who reminded Lot to get them out with him. Because God told Lot to save his family, then Lot spoke to his sons-in-law. God is so gracious to His righteous people that He would also saves wicked people who belongs to them. May God who saves our family from worldly destruction also saves them for eternal life!
The problem is what these people would decide, whether they are willing to be saved or not. Lot’s sons-in-law were shown mercy. God was about to save them (because of Lot), although they were not worth of it. Unfortunately, they disregarded God’s mercy. They decided not to be saved. They rejected God’s salvation.
One other thing: you can also save your loved ones that are faraway from you. God saved Lot because He remembers Abraham (Gen 19:29). Let’s flash back a little. What did Abraham do? He stood between God and the corrupted cities (Gen 18:22). That’s what an intercessor does. Do you know that? Good. Do you do that? That is even better.
Abraham asked God to spare the cities for the sake of the righteous (Gen 18:24). So, when God destroyed the cities, He remembered Abraham. He knew Abraham loved Lot. He also knows our loved ones. He who brought Lot out of the catastrophe would also bring our loved ones out of today catastrophes.
Have faith. Keep praying.
O gracious God, abounding in love and faithfulness!
How He has mercy upon His people. He remembers his own and He delivers them.
Our hope and salvation, He is!