~Wisdom From the Word~
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”
by: Pastor Dennis Dodson
Vice President/ Treasurer
Seeds of Faith, Inc., A Non-Profit Ministry
In Scripture, the way we walk is compared to the way we live our lives. We
are constantly making decisions about how and where to walk. Who will I be friends with? Where will I get my advice? These decisions need to be taken seriously. Let me give you an example from Genesis 13.
Abram and Lot have been in Egypt. While there they accumulated very large herds. So much so, that their herdsman began to have arguments because the flocks could not graze together. Abram approaches Lot and tells him to choose which way he wants to go, and Abram will go the other. What we see in this is two different ways of walking. Let’s look at Lot first. He saw the well-watered plains of the Jordan valley. It was beautiful, as the garden of the Lord, and plenty for the herds to eat. Lot chose by sight. It looked good to him. On the contrary, Abram trusted God who had promised his descendants a land. This was proved by him allowing Lot to choose. Abram walked by faith.
How did their choices work out? Lot ended up neighbor to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He eventually moved into this wicked place, and even sat in the gate, a metaphor meaning he was a ruler or judge. What looked good to Lot ended up having disastrous consequences for his wife, children, and grandchildren (Read Genesis 19).
Abram did not choose for himself; he was content with what pleased God. God had already promised Abram, or Abraham a land and descendants. He had faith and trusted God to make good on this promise. Scripture tells us to walk by faith (Romans 1:17).
I ask you today, who chooses the way you walk and live in this world? Do you follow the senses and seek whatever pleases you at the time? Do you choose by sight? Or do you surrender to God and follow His leading? Do you want to please Him? If so, you must walk by faith and not by sight.