I was recently reading about Sodom in the book of Genesis, chapters 18 and 19. In this passage of scripture, Abraham negotiated with God on Sodom’s behalf. I am sure it is because his nephew Lot and his family had left Abraham’s tribe to live there. Abraham pressed God, asking Him if He would spare the city if there were any righteous people living in it. He pushed him further and further, asking if there were as few as ten righteous people inside the city walls – would God still spare it?
“And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again only this once. Suppose ten [righteous people] shall be found there. And [the Lord] said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake,” (Gen. 18:32 AMPC).
Interestingly, even as Abraham negotiated with God on Sodom’s behalf, not once did he mention Lot. He never once said, “Oh, GOD! You have to spare Sodom because my nephew Lot lives there!” He never pleaded, “Oh, GOD! I know Lot is in a sinful place! Please save him!” Abraham never begged and pleaded with God to save Lot. This is because he didn’t have to, and he knew it. He knew that Lot was counted as righteous for his sake!
When the Angels arrived at Sodom, miraculously, Abraham’s nephew Lot was sitting in the city gate. He was a “sojourner” – just a temporary resident of Sodom (see Genesis 19:9). This means he had no official standing; he was not an elected official or an elder of the city. Unless he was conducting business of some kind, which the Bible does not indicate, for all intents and purposes, he probably shouldn’t even have been there.
Furthermore, when the Angels arrived, he wasn’t outside the city, working in the fields, in the temple or even just wandering around the house. He was in the city gate – a place of prominence. It was a place where he would not only see those that came in and went out, but BE SEEN. He was positioned there by God! The angels never had to search for him. He was the very first person they saw when they hit the city’s gates.
You see, God is on the job! God knows who your family members are! He knows who is in a place of danger, who is in trouble, and who needs to be rescued! He knows exactly where every single one of them is at every moment of every day! He has never lost sight of them (see Psalm 33:18), and they are not forgotten! Every single hair on their head is counted (see Luke 12:7).
Abraham didn’t have to beg God to rescue Lot, because God already knew Lot’s whereabouts. He knew that he had left the safety of Abraham’s tribe, he was in Sodom, and that was somewhere that he probably shouldn’t have been. This put Lot in immediate danger of destruction…but God knew.
God will save your family members for your sake! Abraham’s intimacy with God allowed him to know something about God that we need to know… because Lot “belonged” to Abraham, God would save him for Abraham’s sake. Your family members don’t have to be perfect — they just have to be YOURS!
This was not just in the Old Testament, either! When Paul and Silas were jailed in Acts 16, their jailer got saved – and so did his entire family, with not one of them present! His righteousness covered them, as well.
“And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well,” (Acts 16:31 AMPC).
It occurred to me that we don’t HAVE to beg and plead with God to rescue our family members from their sin and ultimate destruction. Because He loves us, because we are saved, because we are righteous…He will rescue our family members for the sake of the covenant that He has already established with us, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is still an individual decision, it’s true; however, the same way that Christ died for me and you when we were still yet sinners (see Romans 5:8) is the same way He died for your family members. He already knows!
I decree, God will position your family members in a prominent place where they cannot be missed by the help that God is sending to them! Just like the angels that spotted Lot as soon as they hit the city’s gates, so will God position your family members to be likewise rescued!
Like Abraham, you cannot be shy about reminding God of His covenant with us! Remind God of the righteousness of your family member because of your righteousness that covers him or her. Remind God of the blood of Jesus that you have pleaded over your family members! God honors the blood.
Finally, please, don’t think for a second that your family members are in a place where God has forgotten about them, or they cannot be saved from their sin. That’s impossible because all things are possible with God!
Matthew 19:25-26 (AMPC)
25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly puzzled (astonished, bewildered), saying, Who then can be saved [from eternal death]?
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.
I am believing for prominent positions for your beloved family members for the rescue attempts that are already underway!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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