We all face difficult situations that involve the people we love. In some of these situations the wise course of action may not be clear. We may feel a heavy burden to act but
have no idea what to do.
Abraham found himself in such a situation. The Lord
had told Abraham that he intended to destroy the people
of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness. Since Abraham’s nephew Lot lived among the people of these cities, Abraham was concerned for their welfare.
So Abraham approached God and said, ‘”Will you
destroy both innocent and guilty alike? Suppose you
find fifty innocent people there within the city—will
you still destroy it, and not spare it for their sakes?
Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the
innocent with the guilty…. Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the judge of all the earth do what is right?
And the Lord replied, ‘If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake’”
The bargaining went on: Suppose there are only
God said, “Then, for the sake of ten, I will not destroy it” (18:32).
Abraham wasn’t sure what he could do in the situation
he faced; he wasn’t even sure what was right in this
situation. He talked it over with God, reasoning it out,
trying to do whatever he could. When we don’t know
how much of a change we can or even should make,
we can start by talking it over with God. Then we can
try to do as much as we feel confident doing.