Righteousness. A difficult word to explain. A difficult concept to fully grasp. Certainly connected to faith. Perhaps one could say it’s a faith that is evident through one’s good works. However you lean in your understanding of ‘righteousness’, we read in Genesis 18 about God’s desire to save people. Yes, we see God’s desire to rid the world of sinfulness and wickedness, but we also see God’s desire to save…and if just 10 righteous (faithful) people could be found in two cities, God would spare them from His wrath.
Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was great, God down came to “see”. This doesn’t tell us that God isn’t omniscient (all knowing) but that He doesn’t act simply out of complaints (nor should we). God is thoughtful, thorough, and, with what appears to be some haggling by Abraham, God demonstrates His true nature of desiring salvation of people. Oh, if only the wicked would repent. Instead, they seek to justify their sin and take pride in it. But God will not be mocked. Not by Sodom, not by Gomorrah, and not by wickedness today.
PRAYER: “Almighty God, have mercy upon us. Through the sending of Jesus You demonstrated Your desire to save all people. Forgive us in our sinfulness, not just our deeds but our lack of faith. Give faith to all the wicked so they turn from their ways. Help those of us who live only by Your Grace to share the forgiveness we’ve received with others and to tell of Your marvelous love and salvation. In the powerful, precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”