Immediate Obedience

“But he lingered.” What if those words were written across your tombstone one day as your epitaph?

Genesis 19 records God’s merciful rescue of Lot from the wicked city of Sodom, and it truly was a merciful rescue. Unlike Abraham who is repeatedly shown to be obeying the instructions of the Lord immediately, even when called to sacrifice his own son (Gen 22:3), Lot became known for lingering.

Lot saw the wickedness of his city (Gen. 19:4-11), was distressed and tormented by what he saw (2 Peter 2:7-8), was warned repeatedly to leave before judgement descended (Gen. 19:12,15), and even started to warn others (Gen. 19:14), but in the end the Scripture says that he lingered (Gen. 19:16) and needed to be pulled away from the godless city of Sodom as it was destroyed.

To delay to obey is to disobey. And it is incredibly presumptuous and dangerous.

To delay to obey is to disobey. And it is incredibly presumptuous and dangerous. While God is often merciful to give us another chance (perhaps even demonstrated in the fact that we are reading this today), there is no guarantee that He will. Today could be our last.

And even if it is not our last day, each time we delay, it becomes easier to delay yet again which makes obedience less and less likely. Our delay could very likely mean our destruction and/or the destruction of those we love.

In what area of obedience (or repentance) to the Lord are we tempted to delay?

Let’s settle for nothing less than immediate obedience each and every time.

#insightinaminute

Keep your eyes on Christ! (Hebrews 12:1-2)