Vision and Choice!
Verse for Today: Monday, July 22, 2013
Genesis 13:10 – Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, towards Zoar.
The temptation to fall for the world is always before us. Looking quickly into the world, it seems to offer splendid choices and opportunities. The well-watered gardens of the world lure and entice us to choose its temporal prosperity. When our vision is not right, we will look into and unto the world for easy ways to become rich and prosperous. Staying in the Promise Land is spiritually expedient, but may not be economically advantageous. If we observe the lives of Abraham and Lot, we can find that after several years, Abraham was still in a tent in the Promise Land whereas Lot was in a multilevel bungalow in Sodom. From the earthly standpoint, Lot was ‘blessed’ whereas Abraham was struggling to live a makeshift life. But if we wait to see how the lives of these two sojourners progressed, we will see that Abraham lived as a spiritual giant with a heavenly vision whereas Lot lived as a backslider who had a sad earthly ending. Abraham had the right spiritual vision whereas Lot had a materialistic vision of worldly prosperity, fame and acclaim. There are many who start well in the spiritual Promise Land, but cross over to the abominable materialistic world because they have lost spiritual vision for a heavenly city that God has built for them. They sadly miss the spiritual blessings. But eventually they miss the earthly possessions also which prove to be temporal and empty which lure them into its materialistic trap and finally to messed up life and testimony. Today God challenges us to straighten out our vision lest we will have a sad ending.
Dear reader, is your vision spiritual and eternal or worldly and temporal? Is it brightening day by day or fading and dims over time? We must understand that heavenly vision alone will enhance our hope and renews our spiritual perspective. Perhaps Lot had a second-hand vision which he would have received through Abraham. But he knew that the vision was for real and that’s what prompted him to travel with Abraham. Lot was there when Abraham got his vision renewed at Haran. Lot was with him when Abraham sacrificed and worshiped at Bethel. He was a witness to the miraculous deliverance God gave Abraham out of Egypt and his second worship at Bethel. If only Lot’s vision was right, God would have continued to be Lot’s God too. But because Lot lost his spiritual vision, he chose a materialistic and popular political life which led him to an abominable end. It all started with the wrong choice as a result of the wrong vision. Today God asks us to review our vision and choices in life before things might get out of control. Our right vision comes as we look unto the author and finisher of our faith. If we have a problem with our vision, we must get the salve of God to apply in our spiritual eyes. It will brighten our dim eyes once again. If our eyes are dim in the light of the Word, let us wait rather than make important choices. Let us ask the Lord to renew our vision and improve our spiritual eyesight so that we would take only spiritually expedient choices and decisions. Wrong choices will ruin our lives along with our families. So let us renew our vision and keep away from world’s attractive and well-watered gardens. Let us stay on the promises of God and live by faith to depend on God’s resources rather than the temporal lukewarm resources the world offers us. Then our tents will be places where we will become spiritual blessings for generations.
Hebrews 11:10 – For (Abraham) was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Thought for Today
Right eyes with right vision will lead to right choices.
Prayer for Today
Lord! Brighten my eyes today to see only You and Your glory and walk accordingly. Amen!