Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” (Genesis 18:16-18)
It’s fascinating to know that the Creator of all things considered the one who served Him when it came to what He was about to do. And notice that as He considered this, He addressed the purpose to which Abraham had been called — to be a blessing to the nations of the earth. How could He not tell Abraham what was about to happen to Sodom without giving him the opportunity to be who he was called to be? The prophet Amos said:
If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:6-7)
This seems to say that before calamity comes to a city, He will reveal what is about to happen to His servants. Why? First of all it is apparent that God wants His people to know what is about to happen so that they might prepare for what is about to happen. Yeshua warned those of His generation what was to become of Jerusalem saying, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies … flee to the mountains” (Luke 21:20-21). God wants His people to be informed so that they might know what to do.
Secondly, wouldn’t He want His people to intercede for others? God told Jonah to go to Nineveh with a sobering message: “Prepare for judgment.” Yet, He relented when the people repented in sackcloth and ash because His heart is not to destroy; He takes no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked.
The lesson for us today is to remember that our Father speaks to His people in advance of what He is about to do. When we hear Him speak, it is important to remember why He does this: we need to prepare and equip ourselves for what lies ahead. Also — and this is most important — we need to fulfill our role as salt and light. We need to intercede for and speak into the lives of those who are oblivious to what is about to happen. God keeps us informed so that we might share His Word, not hoard it unto ourselves. Be a blessing.
Blessings and Shalom,