“And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace. So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.” Genesis 19:27-29
Abraham had pled for his nephew Lot upon God’s divulging that He would bring judgment on his wicked city. After they parted, God sent angels to destroy Sodom because the outcry against its people had become great, and they rescued a reluctant but ultimately willing Lot and his two daughters. (His wife hesitated and turned back, and was lost.) Abraham knew only of God’s promise to withhold destruction if there be five righteous, and went, early in the morning, perhaps after a sleepless night, to his special place of communion with God that overlooked the valley, and watched. Adjusting his eyes, he saw smoke. I imagine his loudly-beating heart hushed, heavy, sad and sobered in realizing that if Lot and his wife, his two daughters and even one of their fiances had been faithful to God, this would not be happening. (Genesis 18:32-33; 19:13)
“So it was that God remembered Abraham.” What beautiful words! They resound in Scripture with Noah, Rachel, Joseph, Hannah too. He remembers! When man forgets or is forgotten, God remembers! He cares, He is present; He does not neglect, He does not put on hold. He knows and comprehends and treasures, and therefore constantly remembers our sorrows, our longings, our striving, our hardships, our heartaches. And He remembers all His promises to us, and will bring them to pass by His power, in His way and time. (Genesis 8:1; 30:22; 40:23; Exodus 1:8; 2:24; 1 Samuel 1:19)
O soul, are you weary with yearning, waiting, clinging to thin hope? God remembers you! Are you lonely, afraid, regretful, sad? God remembers you! Are you mistreated, in exile from loved ones, misunderstood, abandoned, directionless? God remembers you!
“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you, who for refuge, to Jesus have fled?” ~ George Keith (1787)
Father, thank You for remembering me. Keep me remembering You, in all Your faithfulness, might, love, and glory, and trusting You always. You are good, and do good; all Your ways are good. (Psalm 119:68)