Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thinking small

Today we reach the rescue of Lot. While everyone remembers what happened to his wife most of forget the argument between Lot and the angel.

Lot is so paralyzed the angels have to drag him and his family out by the hand, then once outside the city he is told to run for his life. But once again he lets his fears and insecurities over take him.
"But I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me, and so I shall die. Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to. It’s only a small place. Let me flee there–it’s a small place, is it not?– that my life may be saved.”

We will never know what great things could have been his if he had simply been willing to follow the angels instructions, but he chose the small place. He continues to learn nothing from his mistakes. He continues to rely on his own judgement. He continues to let fear rule his life.

Here we see a great example of that interaction between God and human free will. Time and again God points him in the right direction; God sends him assistance. Ultimately however God lets him make his own choices.

We have that choice each day of our lives. We can be Lot, seek our own will, driven by our fears. We can think small, and believe that we are choosing the safe path, what we can see. Or we can seek the kingdom, and the will of God, and take the place that God has prepared for us in a great plan that only he can see.