As I read the first verse of this chapter, I thought of Lot. When Abram gave him the choice of which direction to go with his flock, he chose the Jordan Valley because it was watered like a garden. The proper decision would have been to defer to his uncle Abram and allowed him to pick first. So Lot moved to Sodom, a town known for wicked men who were great sinners against the LORD.
After Abram defeated the kings who had taken Lot captive, he refused to take anything from the king of Sodom lest it appeared Abram was in his debt, but Lot lived under the king of Sodom's rule and authority. When the two angels came into Sodom, they found Lot sitting at the gate.
Lot chose to unite himself with men who were known to be wicked, submitting to their authority to the point of sitting at the gate, welcoming others into the wicked city.
In 2 Peter 2:6-9, we are told God knows how to rescue the godly from trials. Lot is an example. Lot was a righteous man with a tormented soul living among the wicked and their lawless deeds. Yes, God sent His angels to deliver Lot and his family, but look at the cost.
King of Kings, You know those who are Yours and You are able to deliver them. But may I be wise, delighting in your instruction and meditating on your law; that I will be fruitful for Your kingdom, so You do not need to deliver me from my own foolishness. May I be a blessed man who can stand in the congregation of the righteous.
"Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD."
Have you ever seen this happen? Not that we have done it ourselves, but we know the story. There is something you really want, and the sooner you get it, the better. You may even voice a prayer—Lord, You know how much I need this so please be gracious and let me have it. Sure enough, without continued prayer and further study of the situation, you find precisely what you are looking for, and God provides for it, on credit of course. Then the unforeseen happens, and you find yourself in a financial bind. Guess who is to blame? It certainly is not you! You prayed about this! It was God who provided it, not some credit company. Therefore, you have every right to be angry at God for getting you into this mess.
Lord, forgive us for allowing our desire to get us into stressful situations and then expecting You to bail us out and getting angry when You don't immediately respond to our beck and call.
What an inspiring statement! Paul had never been to Colossae. The town is referenced by name only in Colossians 1:2. Yet, having heard from Epaphras about them, Paul expresses the thankfulness, prayer, and struggle he has for these fellow believers. They have never met, but Paul has a desire for them to know the preeminence of Christ and the fullness of His Gospel. Even though he is not physically in Colossae and Laodicea, he is there spiritually rejoicing with them.
Lord Jesus, may Your entire church have the love for all Your bride that Paul exhibits. Forgive me for such a narrow view. Holy Spirit, please remind me to pray for the universal church faithfully. Give me eyes to see opportunities to encourage and strengthen Your body wherever they may be.