It is true that when we travel to unknown places and live among strangers we feel insecure. But at times we feel insecure even in familiar environments and among people with whom we have lived for years. When we are under pressure and stressed too, we feel very much insecure as we fear that something bad could happen to us. But we can be sure that our God would be our security and protection at such times. The thought for our reflection this morning is “Our God would intervene and protect us at all times”.
“But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door”
Lot trusted the people of Sodom and even addressed them as “My friends” in Genesis 19:6. Earlier we saw that “Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city” with the men of Sodom (Genesis 19:1). He never would have imagined that the people of Sodom would do anything to harm him and his family. But what he did not expect happened. His so called friends became his enemies.
1. God reaches out to us when we are in danger.
The men of Sodom who were asking Lot to handover the two strangers who were with him later became very aggressive and violent. The Bible says,
“They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door”
Not only they were asking for the two strangers to be handed over to them but warned Lot that they would “treat him worse than them”. But when the angels realized that Lot’s life was in danger they “reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door”. What the angels did must have required supernatural strength. That revealed to Lot for the first time that his guests were more than mere men. Are we feeling very insecure, fearing that the worse would happen to us? God assures us this morning of his protection.
2. God rescues us by dealing with those who try to harm us.
We see that the divine visitors not only protected Lot but dealt with the men of Sodom who attempted to harm Lot and his family. The Bible says,
“...they stuck the men who were at the door of the house…with blindness so that they could not find the door”.
The work of striking the men with blindness was definitely an act of supernatural intervention. God dealt appropriately with those who tried to harm Lot. When we look around our lives, do we feel at times as if we are being surrounded by adversaries whom we cannot handle? If we are feeling helpless this morning, God assures us that He would handle those who are against us.
Let’s look up to God with confidence as He is fully aware of our sense of insecurity. He is aware of the dangers surrounding us. He knows when to reach out to us and protect us. He will rescue us from dangers and from those who plan to harm us. Did not the Psalmist pray this way:
“My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me”
He who intervened and rescued Lot and dealt with those who planned to harm him, would do the same to us too.
Have a blessed day!