MARCH 2024


In Genesis 12:1-3, Abram is told by God to leave where he is living and go to a land “that I will show thee”. This would be a big upheaval for him, he would have to forget about his old life and make preparations for the journey – having to set up camp every night and so on.

But Abram did not question God’s commandment, because he trusted in God. He knew that God would take care of him, would guide him and keep him safe.

In Genesis 13:9-12, we see how Lot choses for himself “all the plain of Jordan”; the best of the land with all its benefits. It was well watered, he could easily look after his family, feed his cattle and sheep; life would be easy. By allowing Lot to choose the best of the land you would think that Abram was left with the poorer quality grazing, but God had other ideas. In Genesis 13:14-16 God blesses Abram and encourages him to look all around him and says “all the land which thou seeest to thee will I give it and to thy seed for ever”.

So, are we like Lot, should we want the best? You see, Lot was more interested in worldly things rather than on pleasing God, whereas Abram was the opposite.

In Genesis 19, we have the record of the destruction of Sodom by God, but because Lot still believed in God, God would spare him and his family. But that would not be the outcome for one member of his family; his wife. The challenges of the world had influenced Lot’s wife so much so that she wanted the things of the world more than the things that God offered.

In today’s society there are many things that can influence us, but we have to be like Abram in our way of life if we wish to be a disciple of Christ. In Luke 17:28-33, Luke reminds us that in the days before the return of Jesus, it will be similar to Lot’s Day; the world will not be interested in God, but rather the things of itself.

So, if we are in the last days of man’s reign upon this earth, which, as Christadelphians we believe we are, should we not be thinking about committing ourselves to God by believing in the things of the Kingdom and the salvation brought about by the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ?

In James 2:23 we are told, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness and he was called the friend of God”. Again, in James 4:4 we read how we cannot be a friend of the world and a friend of God.

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