Posted by: Rex Boyles | June 11, 2008

“… stand before the Lord …”

Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 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.”

22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.   23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  (Genesis 18:20-22; NIV)

The cry against Sodom was great, so the Lord came down to see for Himself. He visited with Abraham to let him know that Hell was about to reign down on Sodom.

But Abraham approached the Lord … to plea for the 50 … the 45 … the 40 … the 30 …  the 20 … the 10 – who might be saved. He stood before the Lord … for the sake of others.

Who will stand before the Lord … for the children – who grow up in godless homes without the “training and instruction of the Lord”?

Who will stand before the Lord … for the teenagers – who face life with the (im)maturity of a child but the body of an adult without the “fear of the Lord”, which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge?

Who will stand before the Lord … for the women – who live desparately alone or despairingly yoked to a brutish man – both wondering if they will ever know love – if anyone will ever “nourish and cherish” them? 

Who will stand before the Lord … for the men – who live desparately alone or despairingly yoked to a contentious woman – both wondering if they will ever know love – if anyone will ever “respect” them?

Who will stand before the Lord … for the untold multitudes, who are yet “untold” – who will look toward the heavens and yearn to know the Creator – who will seek pain or pleasure to distract themselves from their guilt – who will withdraw into the dark world of superstition to hide from the specter of death – but never knowing the good news that their Maker paid for a “new life” for them with the blood of His own Son?

Who will stand before the Lord … for the prodigals – who come to their senses, ashamed of their waywardness and anxious for home – hoping against hope that someone will run to meet them and celebrate their return?

Who will stand before the Lord …

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