It is never really all that close! God is a patient Father. His desire is that none should perish. So on the warm Canaan evening, when God told Abraham Sodom and Gomorrah’s sin was so flagrant that he was going to wipe it out, God did not make the decision easily or lightly. God knew they were beyond redemption. Nothing would please God more than seeing these people turn their lives around and follow him, but he knew I would never happen.
It is so easy for us to blame God for all that is wrong in the world. When people suffer loss or are treated poorly, somehow it becomes God judging or arbitrarily doing evil to ruin lives. Truth is the evil in our lives are usually a result of the world state and our personal choices. We want God to somehow absolve us from the consequence–but, he does not. He allows the world and all in it to remain independent and choose. But n order to do that, they have to live with the consequence.
It is my prayer this last day of the year, that unlike Sodom and Gomorrah we are still redeemable and will repent and follow him. He will forgive and restore us–if we follow him. If not–we will fall.
God Bless You
So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? 24 Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? 25 Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”