“I will not destroy it for the sake of ten” (Genesis 18:32).
The land of Sodom and Gomorrah was subjected to the wrath of God. God willed to bring in His judgment on that city as the sin of that place was very grave.
Abraham stood before the Lord and interceded for that city saying that there may be fifty righteous within the city. “Far be it from you to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25). God replied to him saying, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes” (Genesis 18:26).
But there were not even fifty righteous there. Abraham continued to plead for the city saying there may be forty-five righteous or forty righteous and so on. Forty righteous were not there and even thirty. In the end, God promised that He will not destroy it even if there were ten righteous in that city (Genesis 18:32).
Lot was the only righteous there. He was not able to make nine more persons righteous by bringing them towards God. Lot did not gain souls for God and so he had to witness the destruction which the city experienced. You should remain as ones who make people righteous. Let many people come towards Christ through you and become joint heirs to His righteousness.
Dear children of God, the place where you reside has been put in your charge. God has placed you as the authority to protect it from destruction. It is in your hands whether you are going to conduct prayer meetings at your home or commence a Gospel ministry. Resolve today that you should make at least ten people righteous.
We find in the Scripture that one preaching of Jonah made people numbering more than a lakh and twenty thousand righteous. They cried in repentance for their sins and looked up to the face of God. When it is possible for Jonah, a righteous of the Old Testament, to bring so many hearts towards God at one stroke, it should definitely be possible for you too.
Esther is not a great preacher; not an evangelist too. She saved all the Jews by kneeling day and night for three days. Dear children of God, realise the strength of your knees today. The responsibility of your city is in your hands.
To meditate:- “Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).