FAITH CAPSULE: How are you engaging the word of God?
The Bible records: “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20) God sent His word to heal and to deliver but not to take His word for a joke.
Have you been engaging the word of God with seriousness or with a joke? One that knows and do the word of God is obedient by not joking around with God’s word. It is the disobedient one to God’s word that joke with God’s word.
The word Joke is defined as something said or done to provoke laughter or to cause amusement; a matter that need not be taken very seriously or something that does not present the expected challenge.
The word of God is definitely not to be taken for a joke.
God spoke to Abraham, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.” (Genesis 18:20-21) When God was set to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of sin He spoke to Abraham and Abraham took the word of God serious. With seriousness, Abraham’s responded to the word of God, he repeatedly interceded on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah but there was nothing in place for God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The purpose of God’s reveal to Abraham was for Lot to be delivered from destruction which was set for Sodom and Gomorrah.
The angels that were sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah approached Lot and said, “…Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:12-13) In life, how much one knows God (not knowing about God) will also determine how serious one take to God’s word. Lot knew God enough not to take His word for a joke.
Lot, not wanting his people to be consumed by destruction, responded to the messengers of God as stated: “So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.” (Genesis 19:14)
God is not a comedian. Every single word of God should not be taken for joke. If you are one that does not obey the word of God, you have taken God for a joke. There was no further indication that the sons-in-law followed Lot to the ground of escape from destruction. You can avoid destruction by taking to the word of God. The word of God is for deliverance and preservation from destruction. Those who know to take the word serious are the one God knows to talk to.
Prayer for today: Ask for God’s strength not to be taking His word for Joke.