Be Ready to Intervene

With the conversation with Abraham done, two angels are then dispatched to where Lot is. We know (and we’ll look at) in later verses how these angels came to save Lot and his family. However, when we first open the scene, we see Lot coming out into the town square and trying to make what he thinks are ordinary men welcome:

The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.  – Genesis 19:1-3, ESV

It’s interesting that Lot approaches these two men in the town square, isn’t it? It is also interesting that he immediately asks them to come to his house, even to the point where “he pressed them strongly.” Sounds like Lot knew what was going to happen if these men stayed in the town square: they were going to get ambushed by the men of the town. As it turns out, Lot wasn’t able to stop the attempted ambush from happening. The men of the city just showed up at Lot’s house and demanded the men be turned over (verses 4-11). So what we have here is Lot looking out for the welfare of two others, strangers whom he has never met before. He doesn’t just look out for them, he puts his life and the lives of his family on the line for them. And in these verses we get no indication that he hesitated to do what he did. Lot intervened to try and head off a bad situation, even at personal risk. That shines a new light on Lot, doesn’t it?

We must likewise be ready to intervene. If we know something is wrong and we can do something about it, we must be ready to act. If we know something wrong is about to happen an we have the potential to prevent it, we must be ready to do our part to head things off. I say we must be ready but I didn’t say to immediately jump in. The reason I don’t is because I know Scripture tells us to take situations before the Lord through prayer to get His direction on how to act. Sometimes He doesn’t intend for us to act, because the bad thing/evil must happen for a greater good. A great example is when Peter chopped off the servant’s ear during Jesus’ arrest and he was rebuked for it. Jesus needed to be arrested to go the Cross. Sometimes we must wait. But we wait because God tells us to wait, not because we would rather not get involved.

Is there something going on around you right now that you know isn’t right? Or do see something coming down that’ll be wrong? Are you prepared to deal with the situation and to try and reverse it? If you are, have you gone to the Lord in prayer and asked if you’re to play a role in correcting or preventing the problem? We cannot be afraid to intervene if our Lord wants us to. By intervening we show God’s love. By intervening we show our own faith. By intervening we show that we’re ready and willing to live life as a sacrifice to the One who first sacrificed Himself for us. While we’re not supposed to be impatient, we also must not be tentative. We must be ready to act if He says, “Go.” After all, if we truly believe in His salvation, then while we shouldn’t discard the possibility of consequences to our actions, we should be ready to bear them. Nothing can take away His grace and His promise. Nothing can separate us from a God who is intent on holding on to us.

There’s plenty of things wrong in our world. We can simply scan the area of town right by us and see a multitude of wrongs. Likely we can walk through our house and see a few there, too. So there’s a seemingly limitless supply of areas to intervene. The catch is to know which ones to jump into and the ones to wait on or let pass by. And the only way we get that kind of insight is by taking the situation to God in prayer. And if, in our prayers, we get a sense to get involved, we must not delay. We must be ready to act.

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