Sunday Morning Podcast September 11, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble

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TEXT:GENESIS 11:27-31

27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Genesis 12:1,2  

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, unto a land that I will show thee:

2 And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Are we as close to God as when we first started to live for Him?  Where are we “pitching our tent?”  God promised to make of Abram a great nation, and to give a land chosen by Him, (Genesis 12:1,2).  Later because of a famine, Abram and Lot his nephew, journeyed toward the land of Egypt, away from the eventual land God had promised to give Abram and his family.  When each of their families and possessions grew, it became harder for them to journey and live as one, (Genesis 13:5,6).  Abram then offered for Lot to choose the left hand or right hand of the land ( 13:7-9).  Lot chose what looked good to his temporal eyes,  not considering what that location might lead him to, (13:10-12).  Lot’s choice to pitch his tent in the plains near Sodom, a wicked city, showed his motivation was from his inward desires.

Lot missed the opportunity to look outside of himself to God, for what was best for his spiritual well being. There are opportunities we will also miss, if we don’t pay close attention to how God would lead us.   Humanly it is too easy when we feel overwhelmed in life, to choose that which would seem to alleviate the pressures, look good to our wisdom, and temporarily prosper us.  When we don’t persevere by faith through the way of God’s Word,  self and eventually sin, …will creep in.  God’s Word and ways lead to holiness, and not that which would draw us away from Him.

God’s children are as foreigners in a strange land.  As pilgrims they live amongst those living for this wicked world, but yet within the paths of holiness.  God’s children are only able to live without sin if they don’t lean on their own wisdom and understanding, but rather wholly upon God’s guidance, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5   When Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom,  he moved away from God’s wisdom and grace to keep him from evil. 

Where is your tent pitched?