Sunday, January 06, 2013
"Where are you settled in?" - 01/06/13 - Genesis 18:1-21:7
Lot has went from pitching his tents near Sodom to living in this city of flagrant sinners. And even after being told that it was going to be destroyed - to run and get out - he drug his feet.
The spiritual leadership role he neglected cost him his wife, who looked back, and the moral choices of his daughters. His grandsons through them were his sons. His choice of "settling in with sin" cost him a price that affected generations even today.
"Then God said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him. Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Abraham what he promised him.” (18:17-19)
Scary what different choices persons from the same family can make - the lives they live. Curt and I are so thankful that our sons follow Him. We continue to pray that their relationship with God grows more intimate with each passing day, that He will be seen through them and their lives. This isn't a prayer for our glory as parents. We pray it for our future grandchildren and the generations to come. We pray it so that all who come into contact with them will have the opportunity to know God. I am often reminded that people living the Christlike life are the only "Bible" the lost will read.
We come from families that are divided because of choices. There are many that are in bewilderment because when asked why, they really don't know. And then when finding out the reason or reasons, you wonder, "really". When I became a parent, I made the choice to limit the contact of our sons with unhealthy atmospheres. It was more important to protect them, than to submit to the peer pressure. Curt and I were talking about this after dropping Adam at the airport today. Even though today the boys aren't close to their extended family, God has provided a Christian extended family.
Wherever they have moved, one of their top priorities is finding a church to attend. Whenever they stay with us, they are in church with us. We discuss the scriptures, we pray together, we hold each other accountable in Him. This didn't just happen. It came about because of where we "settled" our lives.
Our home is "settled in" in His home.
I am getting better about looking at the positive in my parenting. Instead of guilting or beating myself up over what I did/didn't do correctly, I am now trying to focus on the positives. The positives that are seen in my fruits. Our sons and their choices.
One of the many promises I stand on is, "Yes, I’ve settled on Deby as the one to train her children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Deby what I promised her.” (18:17-19) It isn't by chance that I am blessed with Adam and Nichalas. God planned for them to be my sons. How thankful I am that I made the choice to raise them up in Him. That He has walked beside me and continues to in this role He gave me. How exciting to think of the lives that will be harvested for His Kingdom throughout the years, because of the choices Curt and I made.
Not for my glory, but for His.