Abraham and God are talking. That in itself would be enough to think about for the day. But God decides to include Abraham in his thoughts and planning. He seems to do this because He is grooming Abraham to be the father of a great nation. In doing that job, Abe will need to understand how God works so he can lead his family to follow God. Abe will need to see, not just God’s actions, but what has motivated God to take action – to see his justice tempered by His mercy.
We all are “leaders” at some time or another and there are always disputes to unravel. I’m grateful God is allowing a glimpse into how He does it.
So why is God checking out Sodom? Because “the outcry against S & G is great and their sin is very grave.” Makes you wonder who is crying out to God? Could it be the righteous people who might live in the cities? Or maybe those in the area? Have the ones who have been injured by the unrighteous been calling out to God for help? God is always listening.
But, it seems, God doesn’t just take their complete word for it, He goes down to check it out for Himself. God looks for the evidence…He will know.
God includes Abraham so Abraham can intercede for the protection of the righteous – in spite of the wicked. God empathizes with Abraham and demonstrates their hearts are on the same page. Reading ahead we know God destroys S&G – but I think I’ll find that His methods will be consistent with His motives.
What are the traits God practices in this “dispute resolution”?
1. Listens. Be attentive to those you oversee.
2. Get involved enough to know exactly what is going on. Get all the facts.
3. Be transparent about your motives because actions alone can be misinterpreted. Balance: Justice vs Mercy.
God is willing to share His heart with any who wish to spend time with Him.
Am I willing to always be transparent about my motives?
About the World?
God is about Justice but always tempered with Mercy.