Genesis 18: 20-25
Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The last line in this set of verses is one of my favourites in the whole Bible. Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? We struggle with many things in the Christian life – suffering, justice, and forgiveness, to name but a few. For me, this line holds a lot of the answers. If God is all-loving, all-powerful, just, and all-present, and I believe He is, will He not do the right thing? We might not see it or think it is right or in our best interests, but don’t we believe that God knows better than we do and will do what is right? Who are you going to trust, someone with all the facts, who knows the end from the beginning, who has wisdom beyond our understanding and someone who has your best interests at heart or yourself who knows very little, can only see the small picture and who is constantly making poor decisions? I know who I choose to trust.
I also believe that the other verses contain some wonderful gems as well. Verse 20 shows us that God didn’t look on Sodom and Gomorrah and decide to smite them of His own accord. He was responding to the outcry of people. He was responding to the plea of others, taking action in response to people turning to Him and asking for help. And then Abraham steps in and argues with God. I love that. You can trust God and yet still question Him, try to force His hand, make a case. And God plays along. God had every right to dismiss Abraham, and yet He enters into discussion with Him. God loves us so much that He allows us to challenge Him because He loves to be with us and hear what is on our hearts. We were created for relationship with Him, and even when we get it so very wrong, God continues to want that relationship. So, in short, we can cry out to God, and He will respond, we can tell Him what is on our hearts even if it conflicts with what God has said, and we can trust Him that He had done, does and will continue to do what is right.