Genesis 13:1-13, (10)
Here we see Abram and his nephew Lot traveling together, with all their goods. They came upon the plain of Jordan. They had to come to an agreement to see who would settle where. Abram was the oldest and had the right to make the first choice. In this instance, Abram set an example in how to respond with a family situation. So, to keep from a possible family argument, he gave Lot the first choice. He let Lot have the best option, although it implied not getting what he wanted. Abram put family harmony before his own wants. Sometimes we may need to act in this way to keep the peace.
Abram and Lot's herdsmen could have worked together. They were surrounded by people that were not so friendly, downright hostile. But what did they do? They let trivial issues come between them. It is ironic how similar situations occur today. Christians will argue and bicker amongst themselves, and all the while the devil is working all around them, stirring up the embers.
Disagreements and arguments among Christians can harm cooperative attitude, trust, and harmony, which are the basis for good human relations. They can hamper progress toward significant objectives. They can likewise make us narcissistic, self-centered, as opposed to operating with love in our hearts. Jesus prayed for His followers in His final prayer. He asked God the rather that we all be 'one'. (John 17:20-26)
How did Lot respond? How would we respond in a similar situation?
We should look deeper than what is on the surface.
Lot saw only material attraction
Looked at immediate and alternate attraction
Lot saw only himself
We should look at what we fail to see.
Lot failed to see sinfulness of Sodom (v 13)
Lot failed to see downward pull of sin
He looked toward Sodom (v 10)
He pitched his tent toward Sodom (v 12)
Lot dwelt in Sodom (Ch 14)
Lot's character was shown by the choices he made. He took the best though it meant living near a city of sin. He became greedy and did not do what would have been fair. Do we choose what we think is best and give no thought for others? Have we stopped making choices in the direction of God, and only make choices for ourselves? Have we not learned that our choices, without God, leads in the wrong direction?
Now to Genesis 19:15-29, (26)
Here we learn that God sent two angels to rescue Lot.
We should be careful not to lose out spiritual vision.
Lot failed to have his vision checked (values):
Uncorrected worldly involvements lead to spiritual blindness
Slipping into ungodly values comes gradually
Lot lost his spiritual vision:
He became blind to genuine happiness
He became blind to his character
He became willing to give up his daughter
He became blind to the truth of God's \'(lord
He was warned, he lingered, forced to leave
He became blind to human decency
We should get a spiritual vision checkup.
Trying to do good (actions, self, traditions) can lead to spiritually bad vision. We need to continually seek the guidance and direction from the spiritual eye doctor.
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