Abraham followed God and ended up in the Promise Land. Lot followed man and ended up in Sodom.
Who are you following – God or man?
It is unfortunately common for believers to think they are following and obeying God when they are actually following a religious personality, celebrity pastor, TV preacher, cool podcaster, or trendy blogger.
Consider Abe and Lot:
“Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him” –Gen12;4
“”Abram went from Egypt to the Negev… and Lot went with him” –Gen13:1
Abe heard from and followed God. Lot followed Abe. I guess if you are going to follow a man rather than God, then Abe is a good man to follow.
But here’s what eventually happens to people who follow people but don’t seem to actually hear from God themselves.
Genesis 13:12 &13 tells us that Lot “pitched his tents NEAR SODOM. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord”
A few verses later Lot is not only NEAR SODOM, he is “LIVING IN SODOM” (Gen14:12)
Too many today are more like Lot, always following their favorite spiritual guru or Bible teacher, never really having their own relationship with God.
While is helpful to have good spiritual leaders, ultimately we must learn to HEAR FROM GOD and OBEY HIM.