"And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds); the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly..." 2 Peter 2:7-9a
IN JESUS TODAY!
Lot is righteous, not because of his choice to live in Sin City (Sodom & Gomorrah), but because his heart was sensitive and his ears were open to hear the righteous voice of God, we know this because he hated the evil of those that surrounded him. Now, when we are considered righteous by God, he isn't looking at our faults, he is looking at our present heart condition, and how we feel towards him and his ways. Lot was living among evil people day after day, and was tormented in his soul by their lack of sensitivity and respect for God and his righteous way. Their lawless deeds are what he saw and heard continually! Are we living today in similar places and among similar people? Are we tormented or at least distressed by a lack of sensitivity and concern for the things of God by those around us? How shall we continue to exist in a world that is clearly insensitive to our God? What we learn from Lot and others like him is that despite these situations, there is hope, as Lot was rescued, God will also rescue us! As it is written, "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." Psalm 91:14
God's grace offers mercy to us and rescues us, because we have set our heart upon him, because we have resisted the world's appeal and denied the offer of sin, and have chosen to follow Jesus. Now when trouble comes, we call out to God, and Jesus rescues us! God will never fail to rescue his righteous servants from the trouble of these days!