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Read: Genesis 19:12-25

The men led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. — v. 16

Many years ago during a water safety class, we were taught how to save a drowning person who is resisting rescue. “Approach the person from behind,” the instructor told us. “Place one arm across the person’s chest and flailing arms, and swim toward safety. If you approach from the front, the person may grab you and pull both of you down.” Panic and fear can paralyze the ability to think and act wisely.

When two angels sent by God came to rescue Lot and his family from the impending destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (GEN. 19:12-13), they encountered resistance, Lot’s sons-in-law thought the warning was a joke (V. 14). When the angels told Lot to hurry and leave, he hesitated (V. 15). At that point, the two angels “grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters,” and “led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them” (V. 16).

When we reflect on our journey of faith in Christ, we can see God’s faithfulness in overcoming our reluctance and resistance. When we encounter people lashing out in spiritual desperation and fear, may we have God’s wisdom to show His love to them – and to every person who is reluctant to be rescued by Him. — David Mccasland

Father, as I look at my

own heart, I know I have resisted You and have been reluctant at times to come to You.

Thank You for Your mercy.

Help me to share with

others who You are.

God’s mercy can overcome

our resistance.

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