Read: Genesis 18:16-19:38
When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Genesis 18:16
I have to admit when I read today’s scripture and thought of something I might be able to say about the verses I was stumped. As I began to research the scriptures I got a little more clarity.
In our focus verse, Abraham was pretty much a tour guide. He walked along with these guys to show them the way. This was a form of primitive hospitality – to direct strangers in the way. There were no public roads with signs on them at that time and guides were necessary to get folks to where they needed or wanted to go.
Do we extend the same hospitality today? I’m not necessarily talking about giving directions for getting to Springdale Heights from my house (although that’s a wonderful thing to do!). What I am talking about is directing those people whom we have influence over. Are we giving Godly direction to our friends and family?
Many of us have children. I truly believe that we are entrusted with those children for a very short period of time and we only have so many years to pour into these amazing creations. Spiritual direction must take place from a very early age. I see so many parents with teenagers that are totally disrespectful to their parents. Why does that happen, you ask? I will tell you! Many times (not always) parents don’t direct children in the ways they should go FROM DAY ONE!! They let the kiddos tell them how they think things should be going.
God’s word is pretty clear on this subject. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) says this: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” In other words, we, like Abraham, must show our friends, our family and especially our children the right way to go.
Are you being a guide to those you have influence over? Just asking!
Father, would you help me, this day, to be better at guiding those people you have put on my path. Help me to see clearly those people today. Thank you that you place them in my life to bring a Godly influence. In Jesus’ name, amen.