Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, overabundance of food, prosperous ease, and idleness were hers and her daughter’s; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and the needy . . . therefore I removed them when I saw it.
– Ezekiel 16:49-50
You’ve probably heard of Sodom and Gomorrah and the terrible wickedness in those cities. But what did they actually do that was so displeasing to God? We often think their sexual perversion finally caused God to destroy them, but it was actually something quite different.
I was shocked when I first read today’s scripture and saw the truth behind the destruction of these cities. The problem with Sodom and Gomorrah was that they had too much and were not sharing it with those in need. They were lazy and lived excessively convenient lifestyles, which led them to commit abominable acts. Failing to share what we do have with those who have less than we do is actually dangerous because this selfish type of lifestyle opens the door for evil to progress. Not only are these things not good for us, they are offensive to God. He expects us to be channels for Him to flow through, not reservoirs that hold everything we have for ourselves.
I believe we need to make an effort not to complain when we don’t have things the way we want them. Inconvenience is often part of helping others, and in fact it is part of everyday life. No life is perfect, and when it isn’t we should still be very grateful for what we have and be willing to share it with others.
Love Others Today: Think about ways in which you have both abundance and convenience in your life? How can you use these things to bless others?
Source: Joyce Meyer