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Mercy Misunderstood

Luke 17:31-33
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.

The mercy of God is one of the most abused resources that exists.

We live in a permissive society where there are no absolutes, and where God – if His existence is even accepted as anything more than a fairy tale – is regarded as a merely a tolerant, open-minded (and somewhat simple-minded) being who really doesn’t care about the details of our lives and behavior. Moral absolutes are outdated; any rational being knows that God is inclusive and benevolent, and that all judgment should be avoided.

Sadly, though, those who espouse this philosophy are tragically deficient in their knowledge of this God about whom they so airily pontificate. As Jesus once observed, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures…” (Matthew 22:29). Goodness is most certainly one of the attributes of God; but the Apostle Paul was quick to remind us that there is another side to God’s nature…severity. “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Romans 11:22).

We have trained our society to believe in entitlement. We are entitled to be happy. We are entitled to convenience. We are entitled to an easy life. Marketers have scored a home run with the pandering message, “You deserve the best.”

Really? Why do we “deserve” the best? What have we done to merit anything more than anyone else?

It was this attitude of entitlement that cost Lot’s wife her life. She “deserved” the comforts of Sodom. God was being unfair by rudely yanking her from her home and the comforts of her daily life. Resisting with every fiber of her self-actualized and autonomous being, she was literally dragged out of the city. And nobody – not even God Himself – was going to tell her she couldn’t take one final, longing look back.

So God – who had exercised great mercy in sending angels to rescue her from the fiery destruction of the wicked city – now exercised His sovereign right to make an example of her.

Thousands of years later, in a sober discourse on the events of the time of the end, that same God – now made flesh – underscored the critical importance of keeping your will under submission to God and refusing to flirt with the world.

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

Mercy misunderstood. Instead of smiling tolerantly at her pettish rebellion, God looked ahead at countless thousands who would struggle to remain faithful when the world was melting down around them. Out of mercy for them, He decided to send a message that would burn itself deep into the souls of those who read it. And in one fateful second, God answered her rebellion with swift and sure judgment.

Unfair to her? Oh no. To have an angel of God plead with you to be saved is far more mercy than any human being ever deserves.

Today, God’s mercy is poured out, service after service, countless times more than it is ever deserved. When a person chooses to walk away from God after He sent an “angel” – a preacher – to plead with them for their souls, don’t be surprised if the Spirit of God restrains the preacher from chasing after.

Remember Lot’s wife.

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January 9, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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