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[Lot] and his two daughters … lived in a cave. The older daughter said to her sister, Our father is getting old, and there are no men in the whole world to marry us so that we can have children … let’s … have children by him” – Genesis 19:30-32 (Good News Translation)

A lesson should be learned from Lot’s oldest daughter’s comment.

Having just endured a horrific event and personal loss she and her sister made poor choices, spawning two people groups that negatively afflicted God’s people for centuries, simply because they could not see the bigger picture. The world was much larger than their little cave and there were certainly many potential husbands.

The tendency to make poor choices because of a lack of scope is still there! Many don’t believe God heals today because neither they nor anyone they trust have recognized God’s touch. Many think the church is only as mighty as their denomination or group. Some, tragically, think life is over when it has hardly begun.

“I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” — Psalm 121:1-2 (Message Bible)

God’s call is to look up and know He is stronger for us than anything we see.

  1. God is even now working all things to their good for those who love and follow him, even though that good can’t immediately be seen;
  2. God’s Church is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15), even though some institutions have turned from it to become cold and lifeless;
  3. Each follower of Christ has a purpose, a plan, and place in God’s kingdom, even though the preparation time seems long and fruitless;
  4. Jesus is with each who call on him for help, even in apparent isolation.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD … Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide …” (Genesis 19:27, 24:63a)

Men and women of God, from Abraham and Isaac through the centuries to today take time to get alone with God.

Abraham’s time was in the mornings at a scenic overlook; Isaac’s in the evenings in the fields. It’s not what time or where that is important but the consistency and privacy.

Suzanna Wesley, unable to leave the house because of responsibilities for her 19 children (John and Charles being two of them), sat in a chair with her apron over her head – all because there must be time alone with God for every believer.

Jesus said to go to the closet to pray in secret.1 Your closet may have four wheels and your time may be on the way to work, but take time every day to get alone with God.

– fritz

1 – Matthew 6:6

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>Being "Good" is Not enough…

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[God] “rescued Lot, a good man, who was distressed by the immoral conduct of lawless people.” – 2nd Peter 2:7 (GNB)

The story of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, is a sordid tail. While Lot would not be considered “good” by our standards, God saw his heart and his grief over evil.

Though God rescued him from destruction, being “good” wasn’t enough for Lot to win the moral battle in his society or his family, and neither will it be enough for us.

I think Lot’s flaw is seen in his choices. When Abraham offered to share the land Lot’s desire was to have the best of what the world had to offer and he chose accordingly1 .

Abraham, on the other hand, living at the same time, in the same general vicinity2 , and with just as much wealth, focused on trust and obedience to the God who had called him to leave all and follow3 .

Abraham lived in the world, Lot had the world living in him4 , and the results were totally different.

1 Genesis 13:10-11
2 Genesis 19:28
3 Genesis 12:1
4 – “The World, evil or just misunderstood

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