What we will be tomorrow will be the direct result of where we pitch our tent today!

Today’s Reading: Genesis 13:5-15:21 (additional reading Psalm 6:1-10 and Proverbs 1:29-33)

Key Verses: “Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram.” Genesis 13:10-11

Someone once said that we are the sum of our decisions. In our reading today we read that Lot was presented with an opportunity – he surveyed his options, and from his point of view, he made what appeared to be a sound decision. Abraham said, “Lot, look all around. You’ve got the first choice of land.” He looked and chose a prime piece of property. It was well watered, had plenty of grass, lots of opportunities. He knew Sodom and Gomorrah were there, but likely thought it was no big deal. “They won’t bother me.” Most likely though, it wasn’t a matter of whether he thought they would bother him or not, those two sin-filled cities probably never entered the equation concerning his relationship with God.

But they did bother him. In Genesis 13 Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, somewhere out in the Jordan valley. He made camp away from those sin filled cities and quietly continued to make a living, but as time passed, he let his guard down. You see, no matter how strong he thought he might have been, Lot moved into town and put himself right in the middle of trouble. Until in Genesis 14:12 we read Five wicked kings had marched in with their armies and kidnapped Lot and his family, and all he possessed, and Abraham had to rescue him.

The first mistake that Lot made was that he got his eyes off of what God wanted for him, and he began to look at the wealth of the world. Hopefully, like Abraham, you have pitched your tent with the Lord. You are enjoying lives of worship and satisfaction, and you are finding significance in Him. But far too many we as people are more like Lot, pitching our tents according to what appeals to our senses instead of bringing God into the equation.

If you are a child of God, then you have a wonderful future ahead of you. I’m not just talking about heaven; I’m talking about the rest of your life. God has a future prepared for you that is greater than you can imagine. Nevertheless, if we want to enjoy the blessings of the abundant life God has in store for us, we must learn to pitch our tents in the right place and settle down with the Lord.

Where have you pitched your tent? You and I are surveying the fields today, much as Abraham and Lot did so long ago, and I ask you, where are you going to go? What are you going to pursue? Whose agenda will you follow?

What we will be tomorrow will be the direct result of where we pitch our tent today!

Reflection

  • How do you make decisions?
  • What steps can you take to know God’s will?
  • Which tents do you need to take down and repitch in a place that honours God?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that you have prepared something amazing for our lives both now and for eternity. Help us not to follow our own will and what seems right in our eyes, but to rely on You and Your guidance. If we have been pitching our tents in the wrong places, help us to know this and to be willing to move them to the place You show. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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