Fatal DistractionsNovember 21, 2007
Genesis 19:14 “And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.”
We probably all know people like this. Whenever the conversation turns to the times in which we live and the events unfolding on the earth,they reply with a “ho-hum” attitude. Some may offer a superficial interest, but nothing genuine as they go about their daily grind with indiference. The attitude of Lots son in laws reflects that of most these days. “Life is good, I have my career, my retirement plans, and my stuff. Leave me alone!” They willingly close their eyes and refuse to so much as “entetain” the notion that things aren’t going to just go on forever as they seem to be doing.
The distractions of the world are undeniable, as illustrated in the above passage. Distractions abound, not only for the unsaved, but also for those who truly know and love the Lord Jesus and may truly be understanding of the times in which we live, but remain sluggish about doing all that we can do before nightfall. (This is a wrestling that I must deal with on a daily basis.) The following passage is incredible.
Genesis 19:15-16 “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, whichare here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while they lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
Without a doubt, Lot knew that the city was to be destroyed, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone out to warn his sons in law. (I wonder if he knew that they probably wouldn’t listen to him, and yet decided to try and talk sense into them.) Yet when the eve of destruction turned to the morning of destruction, we read that the attitude was of a more casual nature. (I imagine they were packing) The angels had to physically remove them from the city. One would think that this act, along with the warning in verse 17 to not look back would have sufficed. Without a doubt the seriousness the situation was, at this point, grasped by all four who had been delivered. They were “escaped.” They were outside of ground zero and yet, one of them longed for the “good old days.”
Genesis 19:26 “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Lots wife has become a proverb and a warning to every generation since this incident. A warning as to the deadly consequences of harboring a love for the temporal. It’s amazing that, she loved these cities even though she was aware that they were in the process of coming to be no more. She just couldn’t let go of the past. We have a tendancy to like the status quo, or “that which was” when the present isn’t satisfying. The truth is that there simply is no satisfaction apart from the Lord Jesus. While the world offers up an increasingly complex array of distractions; complete with the latest bells and whisles that the current state of technology has to offer, there is no peace apart from the Prince of Peace.
It’s interesting that we never learn of the name of Lots wife. Just like the rich man in Luke 16:19-31, she passes through the ages anonymously.
Mark 13:37 “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
The warnings abound. Do not be overcharged by the things of this world. There are so many scriptures relating to this that choosing is a task in itself. So, I’ll begin with these passages from Proverbs and I Timothy respectively:
Proverbs 30:8-9 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
I Timothy 6:8-9 “And having food and rainment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
This is amazing. A prayer of “Dont allow me to have too much” in the book of Proverbs. It’s a recognizing of the dangers associated with abundance. It will take our heart from our first love as we begin to say within ourselves that “gain is godliness.” Today, the landscape is dotted with mega-churches who preach an acquisition-focused message on how to have “your best life now.” (Oops) The precept upon precept warnings from the scriptures are casually disregarded as people have their heart set upon the wood, hay, and stubble.” Recently Phil (in the blogroll under “No Other Name”) stated that people are seeking Jesus hands instead of seeking his face.
Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Today people are gazing back at Sodom; a world that is to soon be no more. It’s this love for the world that will cause the world to wonder after the beast. It’s this refusal to grasp the concept of loving not our lives in this world, that will cause millions to sell their birthright for a morsel of meat. Saving their lives in this temporal world because they have either left their first love or have never truly met the Lord Jesus. I know that this has been an over-dominating topic, but loving this present world is an incredible snare. When material gain is offered up in christian gift-wrapping, its appeal is nearly irresistable to any who harbor a love for the temporal.
Last night, David Icke was on Coast to Coast AM. He talks much about the coming global superstate, although he seems to have a new-age outlook. Nonetheless, he made a statement that caught my attention. He mentioned how fear will cause people to buy into the schemes of those who are orchestrating the global governing entity. (Actually, the situation is far bigger that he mentioned) He mentioned that once a person no longer fears them, they no longer have any power over that person. In other words, he was, in a way, offering up a biblical principal. When we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, and love not our lives in this world, those who would cause all, small and great, to receive a mark, will have no power over us. Sure they can end our physical life and many of us will be called upon to offer up this witness. But in doing so, we’ll be forever with Jesus.
At this point, I’m thinking that this post belongs on the other blog. Nonetheless, this exhortation to look to those things which are eternal is needful. I’m running short on time here and so this will have to be edited later on. Yet I want to get it out because this issue of so many being overcharged by the things of this world weighs heavily. Actually there are a number of other passages that I wanted to visit, so a part two may be in the works. As for now, I have to go to work. Until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.
Nov.23,2007 Greetings. Currently on the other blog, www.timbob2.wordpress.com is the initial post of a series on Matthew chapter 24. As the return of Jesus draws ever closer, this is a pondering of the events that will proceed his return. Since the other blog is a “piggyback” to this one, it’s now well known and so I make mention of it here.