How Do I Know God Is Talking To Me? Let me take you back down memory lane a moment. Go back to a decision you made, when you were standing in front of crossroads. And, today those crossroads still impact your life because of the decisions you made.
After thinking long and hard about the story of Abraham and Lot, Lot was selfish and self-centered. He wanted to do things his way. He did not regard his family nor his actions. In Book of Genesis, it shows Lot making decisions that impacted his generation, and as a result of it. He lost his wife to wickedness.
Lot showed no regard for God’s blessing. He thought the only way that he could make something happen for his life was to do it himself. That’s a dangerous place to be in because Lot reasoned within himself and left God out of the equation. We can’t leave God out of our decision-making process. If we do, we are headed towards disaster.
My husband often says, “A man that is weak in this devotion and worldly in his desires, will inevitably be wrong in his decisions.” Genesis 13:10: Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
We have probably heard the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities had destructive consequences for their flagrant sins. What was Lot thinking? How was his family going to live right next to that city and not be engaged in their sin and destructive behavior over time? Nonetheless, Lot made a decision according to the benefits he would gain and ignored the impact it would have on his family.
Lot became so comfortable in Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 19:1 shows Lot sitting at the gate greeting visitors. “And there came two angels to Sodom at even and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;”
How many times have we made decisions purely on monetary gain or selfish motives without calculating the position of the family? If we have, I’m sure we would probably say now. It wasn’t worth it. And, it’s still not worth it as you’ll see from Lot’s actions. Lot made the biggest mistakes of his life. It was also a decision that would impact his life generations to come.
One compromise leads to a series of compromises.
When the two angels arrive in Sodom in Genesis 19, Lot seemed to immediately recognize them as such. He bows down to them, calls them “My lords”, and invites them into “your servant’s house.” When the men of the city surround the house, though, they call out, “Where are the men who came to you tonight?” Of course, angels in the Bible are sometimes ambiguously referred to as men. We want them to come out to us so we can have sex with them.
Lot wanted to protect his guests and so he offered his two daughters. What was Lot thinking? It was wrong for Lot to offer his daughters to the men. Lot had lost his ability to reason because he was among a godless society. When you leave God out of your life, the markers of a godless society is the death of the mind. The inability to reason according to God’s word.
The angels. Lot guests struck the men with blindness and they urged Lot to appeal to his family to leave the city because the city was going to be destroyed by fire.
Lot urgently passed this message along to his family members. Gen. 19:14: So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiances, “Quick, get out of the city! The LORD is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking.
As Christians, when we live a double standard life, and, we choose to participate in the lifestyle of the world, we compromise on our convictions. Therefore, when we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. They take us as a joke. We lose our credibility. That’s the same thing that happened with Lot’s family. Lot’s wife and his family didn’t believe him. They left the city, but Lot’s wife’s heart was still there among the flagrant sin. She looked back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned into a pillar of salt. The love of sin puts us in danger with God.
Because of Lot’s actions, he was reaping the consequences.
If we choose to live according to the world and compromise our standards, we will never be at peace. That torment in our soul will continue night and day. We’ll never find the rest we need. Our spiritual anguish will prolong until we quit the double standards of living and give full control of our life to Jesus Christ.
Abraham’s heart was in the right place toward his nephew Lot. As soon as he gave Lot the best part of the land. God reminded Abraham of His promises to him.
Gen.13:14-17: The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”Look around from where you are. All the land you see. (NIV)
Wow! What a promise.
We can never out-give God. When we honor the Lord and we walk with Him, He blesses us more than we can ever imagine. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV) When we give control of our life to Jesus, our decisions in life are no longer centered on ourselves. They are centered on Christ, His agenda and His kingdom. And, that is the key to unlocking all of the blessings of God.
Our culture today tells us to be like Lot. Seize the moment and grab everything you can before someone comes your way to take it away from you.
The Bible has called us to be like Abraham. Hold everything in an open hand to secure the promises of God. Knowing that whatever you give away, it will return to you with an abundance of blessings. Abraham knew by faith the land was his for God had promised it to him.
Lessons for us to Learn:
When God has given us a promise, it has our name on it.
No one can take it away from us.
No power in this world can shut a door that God has opened in our life.
Above all, no force can still the destiny and inheritance God has in mind for us.
We don’t have to grab like Lot to make things happen our way. We don’t have to scheme and manipulate, we can confidently wait on God’s timing for our lives.
However, when we have this shakeable faith in God’s timing, we will always make the mistakes that will cost us later on down the line. We’ll miss what God has for us.
In conclusion, the many voices we hear standing at the fork in the road waiting on God’s timing will confuse us. Therefore, it’s necessary we eliminate voices that are not of God. if we wait on God’s timing when we are standing at the fork in the road. We’ll have this incredible confidence, the LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23.
You are not going to miss out on anything that God has for you as long as you honor Him in your day to day life.
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