Hastening and Lingering

This speaks to our moment in history.  There’s a hastening spirit.  There’s urgency in the air.  The longer time passes by, the stronger it gets.  The response, by and large, is like Lot and his family—lingering.  The Lord won’t delay judgment. It’s been appointed to all that we’ll die and then we’ll face judgement.

Lot was in the wrong place.  He was the nephew of Abraham and when given a choice of land he chose the pull and attraction of the flat terrain toward Sodom.  It was a choice that ruined him and almost destroyed his life.  It’s a lesson to heed concerning the judgement to come.  We have choices.  If you’re lost, you need to hasten to the Lord.

God spared Zoar for Lot.  He wanted Lot to go to the mountains to flee the judgment. Lot hesitated.  A family lingered when they should have hastened. It lets us know God’s judgment is coming very soon.  God decided what to do with Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities of the plains because of their wickedness.  The Lord delayed it long enough for Lot to get out.  That doesn’t mean that we can mock the Lord’s delay.  Don’t think that judgment won’t come.  Now is not the time to linger.

Genesis 19: 12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. 15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

If you know you’re not where the Lord wants you to be, it’s time to heed the Word of the Lord.  If Lot had been a better example, maybe his sons in law would have been spared.  Given that, what stock do people put in your testimony?  I certainly don’t want people to be left behind because of me.  If we only knew what things could happen celestially we’d flee to the Lord.  The only mountain we can flee to is Mount Calvary.  The world will reel and rock under the judgment of God.  When I find myself dilly-dallying I feel the urgency of God to get about the Father’s business.  We’re here today because of somebody’s praying.  Think about your condition.  The time will come when God will say time will be no more.  It’s time to go to our mountain—the gospel.  Don’t try to stay on the outside.

When Lot and his family got out of Sodom, it was still in his wife’s heart.  She looked back and became a pillar of salt.  Josephus and other early church history writers recorded their trip to see the crystalized structure of a woman.  They bare record that God keeps his word.  Look back to God before your soul turns to a pillar of salt.  Lot tried to flatter the Lord to continue there, still lingering and holding back.  God wanted to get rid of the wicked.  We’ve got plenty of sense.  We’ve come so far but yet we’ve gone back so far.  The only thing that makes sense today is the Bible.

Get in the will of God.  One day God will take his hand off the structure of everything that exists. Don’t linger.  Listen to God.  The urgency of God is here.  Who knows?  We may get delivered very soon!

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