A theme found throughout the Bible is that we as people tend to focus on the external and superficial, rather than the internal and deeper realities of life. We see that in multiple ways in our reading today. When Lot and Abram decide that is necessary to split up, Lot chooses the land which seems more fertile, but this choice will ultimately be his and his family’s undoing. He focuses on the productivity of the land but fails to see the spiritual danger in his decision. Further, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount repeatedly points his listeners beyond sin which can be seen, to sin which resides in our hearts. And David in Psalm 6 is also able to see beyond the external and urgent to what really matters. Surrounded by his enemies David is confident God will deliver him. He is able to overcome fear with faith because he knows who God is. As believers, we need to look for the internal and significant rather than the external and superficial.
Question of the day: How do you find yourself focusing on the external/superficial over the more significant things in life?
God, my Father, I confess that I am so easily consumed by the immediate and temporal, rather than the eternal. Help me to have eyes to see you today and therefore to live for that which has ultimate meaning. Thank you that your Spirit enables me to live this way and thus can allow me to live in a way which brings you glory. Amen.