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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Declared Righteous

April 20

(Genesis 13:10-13 NIV) "Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) {11} So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: {12} Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. {13} Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord."

(2 Peter 2:4-9 NIV) "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; {5} if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; {6} if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; {7} and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men {8} (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-- {9} if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment."

(Philippians 3:7-9 NIV) "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. {8} What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ {9} and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith."

After looking at Lot’s life in Genesis, it would be easy to write him off as lost. He serves as a classic example of what happens when we turn our backs on God and go the wrong direction for a long period of time. He appears foolish, ignorant, deaf to God, and dead in his sins. We could easily assign him a place on the ash heap of Sodom with the other sinners, but God had a different plan. The apostle Peter says that God declared Lot to be a “righteous man”. Surely this is a mistake. Read it again… read it as many times as you want, but the words will not change. Lot is declared “righteous”. God is sovereign and will have mercy on whomever He pleases. And so once again we are reminded to stop worrying about the righteousness of others. God takes that concern off our plate. He decides and will do just fine without our help. Focus on your relationship and your righteousness. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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