While He Lingered...

Our daily bible reading schedule for this week includes a glimpse into the heart of Lot just prior to God’s execution of judgment upon the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  This revealing passage says, “And when the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Up, take your wife and your two daughters, who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.’ But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city” (Gen, 19:15,16).

Sadly, too many people make the mistake today that Lot made many years ago.  They linger in sin.  The bible tells us sin separates man from God and its wages are death (Isa. 59:1,2; Rom. 6:23). With one’s soul at risk of eternal loss, why would he linger?  Perhaps he does not consider the following results of lingering in sin:

His Heart Grows Hardened.  The Spirit explicitly warns that some will fall away from the faith, having a seared conscience (1 Tim. 4:1,2).

He May Run Out Of Opportunities.  Our lives are but a vapor  and we don’t know what tomorrow brings (James 4:14).  We should realize that now is the acceptable time to repent and obey (2 Cor. 6:2).

His Condition Remains Hopeless.  Lot’s condition was hopeless if he remained in the city.  Such is the same for the man who remains in his sins (Eph. 2:11,12).

Let the example of Lot convince us that lingering is folly and will result in eternal loss of our soul.  If you have sin in your life, please heed the advise of the old hymn we sometimes sing.  Your Savior is longing to bless you; There’s danger and death in delay.