24 For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. . .
30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
According to his short work “Fleeing Out of Sodom,” Jonathan Edwards saw Sodom and its utter destruction as a type for this age and its impending judgment.
Reading his words was convicting. Yes, I believe God’s Word, which declares:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Knowing this, I avoid certain kinds of reading, but also knowing that we’re to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, I read Edwards’ work. Puritans didn’t soft-peddle things, and Edwards has been called “the last Puritan.” His words strongly motivated me to examine myself again to learn whether like Lot’s wife I’m looking back to and longing for this earthly city and its things.
Something noteworthy happened yesterday. While half-asleep, we were startled by the doorbell and Greta’s barking. I wasn’t prepared for visitors and in light of my reading this sudden jolt reminded me that we do not know how long we have to live nor the day or the hour of the Lord’s Return (Mark 13:32).
Let’s take this to heart. I believe that many of my readers already do.
(I used the title “Fleeing the City of Destruction” because of Bunyan’s use of this in Pilgrim’s Progress.)
“. . . there is no place of safety in Sodom, nor in all the plain on which Sodom is built. The mountain of safety is before us, and not behind us.”
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37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.