Matthew 24:13 (KJV) “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
Sodom and Gomorrah had gotten to the very peak of evil and wickedness in human history and God was going to rain down fire on them so the world could be purged of their wickedness. Lot, however, was a good man living in a wicked city, the wickedness of the people of the city vexed him every day (2 Peter 2:7). God, being the good God that He is, was bent on saving every good person in the city, and Lot and his family made the list, but when they kept dragging, the angels of God had to hurry them out of the city by holding their hands. Once they were out of the city, the angels said to them “escape for your lives, don’t look back, keep moving until you arrive at your new destination” (see Genesis 19:17) and they all said “yes” and continued to walk away from the city. But Lot’s wife chose to look back in defiance to the Angel’s instruction and became a pillar of salt.
Our world is a corrupt place, yet like Lot and his family, we have to live here. The results of its corruption and wickedness will continue to cause us pain just like Sodom and Gomorrah kept vexing Lot. In Matthew 13:30, the Lord said, “Let both grow together until the harvest”, however, there is blessedness for those who suffer and mourn because of this pain; “they shall be comforted” said the Lord in Matthew 5:4.
Also, God has not left us alone, he has sent the spirit of his son into our heart so we might be comforted by him during our passage in this wicked world (Galatians 4:6). However, just like Lot and his family were instructed to keep moving and not to look back, we also must keep moving and not look back, for it is he that shall endure unto the end that shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).
Go into today thinking about what Jesus said, “no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 KJV).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me never to look away from you. Help me Lord to run this race to the end. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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