Up and Out

Genesis 19:12-14 records how the angelic visitors, who were sent to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, told Lot that if he had anyone besides himself (his sons in law, his sons, his daughters and anyone else) in the city who would need to be saved, from the impending doom, he would need to make haste and have them come to his place. Lot goes out to speak to his sons in law, and said, “Up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city.” Instead of heeding to the voice of God through Lot, his sons in law mocked him and refused to listen. From this account we can learn at least two things:
1. God’s offer of salvation extends to the family of the righteous.
2. Refusing to heed to God’s warnings, (especially when it comes from those who love us), can have deadly consequences.

Points to ponder:
Before we jump into pointing our fingers on the foolish sons in law of Lot, let us recognize that God’s offer of salvation is to each one of us and sometimes we act a lot like Lot’s sons in law, refusing to heed to God’s warnings through his people. We ought to get ‘Up’ from the miry pity of sin and get ‘Out’ of the place of sin in our lives. Blessed is the man who sits not (meaning who gets Up) in the seat of the scornful, nor stands (meaning he/she gets Out from) in the way of the sinner (Psalm 1:1). Let our motto be “Up” and “Out”.

Genesis 19:12-14 (KJV)
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.