“I am a companion of all who [reverently] fear You, And of those who keep and honor Your precepts.”
PSALM 119:63 AMP http://bible.com/1588/psa.119.63.amp
I know I’ve used this scripture on a previous post, but I’m really sensing a strong urgency from the Holy Spirit to do inventory on our relationships.
Who we hang with determines our future.
I have a post that I’m going to share at a later time and as I re-read it yesterday, a part of it just jumped out at me.
It talks about losing your “Lot” in life.
On this journey, we tend to pick up and take “Lots” with us along the way.
The Holy Spirit began to reveal to me, that these “Lots” are the people in our lives that we feel are a connection to our destiny, but of our own pre conceived notion.
Lot looked like the heir to his legacy. The only hope as Abram and Sarai had been barren for years. So, Why wouldn’t he “take him” with them?
And, add to that, he assumed full responsibility (FOR A GROWN MAN) that wasn’t necessarily his to take. That also seems very notable. Lot was his nephew, and yes, his father had died. It appears that it’s the right thing to do, yes?
But as we can see in scripture this relationship caused problems for Abraham, that could have been avoided for both parties, had Abraham done exactly what the Lord had told Him to do and left all of his kindred and followed him.
I’m in no way being disrespectful to our father of faith, I’m just trying to learn some things from his experience.
Paul told us to.
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? Romans 4:1
Praise God, We have the blessing of taking the lives of Godly men and women of the Word as our patterns for living.
We can mimic what they did right and avoid what caused them trouble.
The relationship between Lot and Abraham was not a healthy one. They both used each other to be what only God could and wanted to be for both of them.
We can see from Lot’s life, that no matter what was done for Him, he still continued to look after the things of sight and not of the Spirit.
|¶ And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.|
|11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.|
|12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.|
|13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
God still used Abraham from afar, on several occasions to rescue Lot, once by force and another by intercession.
The “Lots” in our lives can still be interceded for, because God still loves and cares about them. The very reason that they are in our lives, is because God cares about them. But the Truth is, if they don’t want to heed God Himself, it’s just going to cause problems for you along the journey if you don’t choose to let them go.
Maybe your “Lot” in life isn’t necessarily a person, but and idea. A preconceived notion that your life will always be like this because everyone in your family lived like that.
No friend, you can choose your companions.
You can decide to start hanging out with Wisdom (God’s Word) and break up with folly.
She (Wisdom – Proverbs 8) will hold you to a higher standard for sure, but in the end, you’ll be counted among the wise, she promises.
I encourage you, to take some inventory of your relationships the next few days.
Which ones are healthy, which are not?
Are the connections a leading of the Holy Spirit or an emotional attachment?
Just know this, that when Abraham did decide to let go of His “Lot” in life, that’s when the blessing took over.