Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Mercy, I Didn't Deserve That!

The first real estate deal recorded in the Bible was a complete loss.

Genesis 14:11-16   The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking with them all the spoils of war and the food supplies. 12 They also captured Lot—Abram's nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned.

13 But one of Lot's men escaped and reported everything to Abram the Hebrew, who was living near the oak grove belonging to Mamre the Amorite. Mamre and his relatives, Eshcol and Aner, were Abram's allies.

14 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer's army until he caught up with them at Dan. 15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer's army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.

Genesis 19:15-16  At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. "Hurry," they said to Lot. "Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!"

When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the LORD was merciful.

You remember Lot and the choice he made to make Sodom his home town, he and Abram were having trouble keeping their stuff and their people all together without fighting, so they decided that they would have to separate.

Lot seemed to get the deal of the century when Abram told him to make his decision where he was going to live. Lot's decision set up a chain of events that put him in need of a rescue.  

The first rescue came after a local political battle happened and Lot was carried away by the victor and his uncle Abram had to go save him. Lot didn't leave his hometown and before long he had to be rescued from Sodom just before it's complete destruction.

Just like Lot I have experienced God's mercy and I have been spared from the full impact of some of my poor choices. I do not deserve the extreme kindness and the "do overs" that I have received in my lifetime. God is so good at not giving us what we deserve.

Thank you Lord for your awesome mercy that you give out so freely!