There is so much packed into these few short verses. We see Abraham’s concern for his family (his nephew Lot had settled in Sodom) and for the others who were living in Sodom and Gomorrah. He comes up with a relatively small number and asks the Lord if He will spare the people if a few righteous are found. God replies yes and the next few verses chronicle their back and forth conversation as the number gets smaller and smaller. Each time God replies in the affirmative to Abraham’s request.
In Rusty’s post on Monday, he addressed the heart of compassion that Abraham showed for the people. He was persistent in his request to God that they be spared. What would it be like if we showed the same compassion and persistence in prayer for our own communities?
God’s heart toward those far from Him jumps out to me from this story. God is the same God in the Old Testament as He is in the New Testament and His heart for the lost has not changed. We see it here in Genesis and again in the parables that Jesus told in Luke 15 about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. God is relentless in His search for those who are lost.
One of our core values at New Hope is that Found People Find People. This means that we want to share Jesus’ heart toward those that are far from him. Let’s all take the challenge today to pray persistently for our family members, friends, and neighbors who don’t know Jesus yet. We are heading into the Easter season which is one of the easiest times of the year to invite someone to church. Take a risk and see what God can do with it.
Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry