Genesis 13:1-13, (10)
What does it mean in having blurred vision? Blurred vision is the deficiency of sharpness of visual perception, causing objects to show up cloudy or out of focus. The essential drivers of obscured vision are refractive issues – myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (imperfection in the curvature of the eye), or presbyopia (gradual loss of seeing close things clearly). Blurred vision can likewise be an indication of a more significant issue.
Today we read about someone who just might have had a vision problem. There is an old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” The meaning of this phrase is that whenever somebody is not happy with their own general situation in life, and consistently assume that there are better things in different areas. This figure of speech typifies the human nature of continuously wanting something else than what you currently have. It communicates the possibility that individuals frequently figure an alternate situation would give them more noteworthy pleasure. Notwithstanding, the expression is regularly utilized with regards to reminding individuals that this is not typically the situation.
I believe that this fits the situation here.
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 herders 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 Father that we all be one (John 17:20-26).
But how did Lot respond? How would we respond in a comparable situation?
We should look deeper than what is on the surface.
Lot saw only the material attraction. He looked at the immediate and alternate attraction. Lot saw only himself and his selfish interests. He put himself before others. Greed and covetousness were his motivating factors.
We should look at what we fail to see.
Lot looked toward Sodom (see verse 10). He pitched his tent toward Sodom (see verse 12). He failed to see the sinfulness of Sodom (see verse 13). He failed to see the downward pull of sin, and then he lived in Sodom (see chapter 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?
Over in Genesis 19:15-29, key verse twenty-six, we learn that God sent two angels to rescue Lot. But there was a price paid by someone who looked back at the sinful way of living.
We should be careful not to lose our spiritual vision.
Lot failed to have his vision checked (values). Uncorrected worldly involvements lead to spiritual blurriness or spiritual blindness. Slipping into ungodly values may not come immediately, it 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 Word. He was warned, he lingered, and then he was forced to leave. He became blind to human decency.
We should get a spiritual vision check-up.
The following are a few passages of Scripture in regard to seeking (looking for) God.
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.
If we seek the LORD (that means to look for God), then we shall find him.
When we seek unto God and commit unto him, great and marvelous things happen.
The Lord does not forsake those who seek him, nor will they lack any good thing.
Those that seek the Lord will rejoice and be glad.
If we are thirsty, we should seek the Lord.
We are blessed when we seek the Lord with our whole heart.
The Lord is good to them that seek him.
We are to seek God first in all things (Matthew 6:33), and when we seek, we shall find (Matthew 7:7-8). That means to continually pursue God. Many often give up after a few attempts of searching and looking. To know God takes focus, it takes faith, and it means that we are to follow-through with our search.
God rewards those who diligently seek him.
Where are You?
Why are we hiding ourselves from God or the world?
Hiding behind inabilities:
Do we hide due to our fears and thoughts of our inabilities? Do we think that we cannot do or perform certain tasks? Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God does not ask for or seek for our abilities or lack thereof, He looks for our availability.
Hiding because of fear of failure:
Are we afraid of failing, that we may not have the strength, that we may not succeed in our path?
We do not need to fear; (I am with thee) God’s is with us, (I am thy God) we have a relationship with God, and (I will uphold thee) His strength, His help, and His victory is ever with us.
Hiding our light for God:
A city that is on top of a hill cannot be hid because its light shines in the darkness. At night its light can be seen for miles. even from the sky above you can see the light in the night. As we live for Christ, His light will shine through us into a dark world. Our light is hid if we are quiet when we should speak, if we blend in with the world, if we deny God’s light, if we let sin into our lives, or if we do not explain the light of Christ to others. We should be as a lighthouse, shining the light of Christ to the world.
Hiding our faith:
Many refuse to believe, but many that believe refuse to admit it. If we do this, then we must be afraid of ridicule and rejection. There were Jewish leaders that would not proclaim faith in Jesus because they feared being barred from the synagogues and lose their illustrious positions in society.
We should be more concerned with God’s acceptance in us than the temporary, unpredictable, capricious praise of man.
Hiding because of fear of man:
Fear of man can hamper all that you attempt to do. It can cause you to feel reluctant to leave your home. Why fear individuals who can do no harm to your eternal soul? God can transform the damage proposed by others into good for the individuals who trust Him.
It is our nature to need others to like us, and at times we will. God instructs us to place our vitality into satisfying Him. Our push to be peacemakers will for the most part make us progressively appealing to everyone around us, even our foes. Regardless of whether it doesn't, we haven't lost anything. We should still strive to satisfying God, the only One that matters.
How can we stop ourselves from hiding?
Trust in the Lord:
The upright place their trust in God. At the point when we start our Christian life, our insight into God is halfway and deficient. As we believe Him day by day, we experience how great He is.
We should trust in Him totally in each decision we make. Try not to discard cautious thinking, yet we ought not confide in our own thoughts or be astute in our own eyes. Take your decisions to God, utilize the Bible as your guide and follow God's guidance.
Meditate on God’s Word:
Meditating means investing energy reading the Bible and considering what you have read. Ask yourself how you should change so you're living as God says. Knowing and thinking about God's Word are the initial moves toward applying it to your regular day to day existence. If you desire to know God more intently, you should recognize what He says. The more we are aware of the entire extent of God's Word, the more assets we will have for our day to day choices.
We must study. We must know God’s Word. That way we will understand what it says and means.
God’s voice of assurance is stronger than our conscience:
How would we get away from the biting allegations of our heart? Not by overlooking or attempting to legitimize our inner voice. We must set our hearts to rest in God's adoration. We ought to remind ourselves that God knows our hearts and what we do. When we are in Christ, He does not condemn us.
If that inner voice condemns us in known sin, or the disregard of known obligation, God does so as well. Let that still, small voice be very much educated, be heard, and tenaciously attended to.
Rely on God’s power to overcome:
Jesus never guaranteed that obeying Him would be simple. Difficult work can be fulfilling if we appreciate its outcomes. Hard work and self-control of serving Christ is no burden to the individuals who love Him. In the event that our load becomes too heavy, we should trust in Christ to assist us with bearing it.
God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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