LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, January 19, 2020 – World Religion Day
IT’S ONLY GOOD WITH GOD
Read: Genesis 14:5-12
In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,
and the Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the border of the wilderness.
Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazon-tamar.
Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim
with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five.
Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country.
So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way.
They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
MEMORISE: And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8)
Lot, the nephew of Abraham, had coveted His uncle’s possession. This singular act led him to a godless environment – Sodom, that led him into loss of his wife, experience of incest, and worst of all, slavery in the hands of Chedorlaomer and his allies. Any life, family and organisation without God in them is in for avoidable troubles, because their purposes would not be fulfilled.
They may seem to have achievements, but definitely not God-given ones. But for Abraham, Lot would have remained slave to Chedorlaomer, the powerful king of Elam. Christ is the only one who can set free from the bondage of Satan, sin, self, and the world. Lot’s greedy craving for what was not rightfully his, in the first place, led him into a sinful environment. The unwholesome desire for material wealth and ‘prosperity’ (like so many young and old ones madly rush at today) made him a captive. What are those things you desire outside of God? They are dangerous (cf. Prov. 14:12). Allow God to choose for you. There can never be God in any greedy desire. Noah’s daughters-in-law took him serious and yielded to his warning. That was not the case with Lot’s sons-in-law who took Lot for a joker. His word meant nothing to them.
A song writer composed, “Joy is sweet less, when Christ is not in it.” Whatever man seems to be doing or achieving without God doesn’t end well. Apostle Paul was a zealous religious man, defending his religion with all temerity. He later discovered that religion without Christ is useless. This is a timeless truth we must uncompromisingly embrace on this World Religion Day. What are those things you have gathered outside of Him? They won’t pay you. Adam and Eve got the fruit in the middle of the garden, but because God was not in it, they gained nothing but death in the real sense (Gen. 3:8-9).
1. Pray that the Holy Spirit should help you to always involve God in all that pertain to you.
2. Lord Jesus, never allow Your presence to depart my life, family and all that is mine.
3. Pray that God should bail our churches out of embarking on activities that are not God-sent and God-approved, so that we would stop wasting God’s resources on useless adventures/activities/projects.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 39 – 40 & Matthew 19