The Rescue Operation
“When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.” Genesis 19:16
Genesis chapter nineteen records an account of a rescue operation undertaken by two angels commissioned by God. The outcry of moral depravity had reached the heavenly portals, calling forth an action plan to put a stop to the sinful abasement of the Sodomites. Abraham’s nephew, Lot was by now an established herdsman, recognized by the folks of Sodom. But somehow he had not mustered the courage enough to move out of that morally putrefying environment. The two angels, appearing as men, are coerced by Lot to spend the night at his place rather than at the city square. But the wicked people of that city surrounded his house and demanded to let the two visitors out. Lot plays mediator and even calls them, ‘friends’, suggesting his acquaintance with the Sodomites. The angels disclose their mission to destroy the city. As dawn gleams across the sky, they urge Lot to escape along with his wife and two daughters. When he hesitated, they grasped his hand and the hand of his wife and two daughters and brought them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.
Angels are ministering spirits sent by God to serve God’s children. They warn us against impending danger, instructing and guiding us to safety. Psalm 91:11 says, ‘ For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.’ Yes, God is faithful to keep his angels to guard us in all our ways, including the ways of disobedience, rebellion, greed, dishonesty and the like that is taken knowingly or unknowingly. Like Lot we can find ourselves in situations that seem too overwhelming to overcome due to some wrong choice or decision. We may discover how the choices we made out of sheer human instinct have changed our character and perception, rendering us too weak to turn the other way. But we don’t have to stay that way, wallowing in the mud and mire.
This account of the rescue operation of Lot and his family with the underlying factor of God’s mercy, stands out as a sharp reminder of what can become of mere mortals without the intervening mercy of God. Even today, God still reaches out in mercy, sometimes by literally sending angels in disguise to get us out of environments, friendships, associations and peer circles that are harmful to the soul.
Are we willing to make that shift or rather be naive and hesitant like Lot, even in the face of destruction. Lets pay heed to God’s intervening mercy. God can see better far down the line than us.
Prayer – “Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your loving care and protection. Thank you for keeping Your angels in charge over me. May I yield to the changes You bring about in my life and trust Your wisdom which is far greater than mine. Make me resolute in following Your ways.” Amen.