A Foretaste and a Longing

January 12

And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw the the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah – Genesis 13:10

In this passage, Lot and Abraham separate for the first time. Here, Abraham is leaving his kindred. The startling portion of this passage is twofold. 1) The mention of Eden and 2) The mention of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

We aren’t far removed from Eden and there is already a longing being made in our hearts for that land flowing with the presence of the LORD, a longing for ground that is unstained with the blood, tears and sweat of humanity. We can relate with this can’t we? Is not the longing of every heart a day free of guilt and sadness? We can only imagine what the world must have been like. 

For the follower of Jesus Christ, the longing for God is a burning desire hotter than anything else in this world. I am reminded of the words of C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. Lewis says,“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” Followers of Jesus Christ have this awesome gift of faith that is taking full root in our hearts giving us a foretaste now of our deepest longings. This is why we love to gather each week and worship together. In our worship together, we are reminded of the truth that has grasped us, a truth that we are continually learning by faith to grasp – through the redeeming work of our triune God. 

Lot went in a direction that looked like the Garden of Eden, but as we are going to read, the direction that Lot chose ended up in disaster. There is a foretaste of disaster in Genesis in the midst of great longing. This text becomes the pattern of our life here on earth. The Garden of the Lord will be brought about by a King who is coming. 

Even so come quickly Lord Jesus. Until then, find us faithful in our proclamation of Jesus as King of Kings.

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