Blessed by "Divine Associations"

So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and He brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar.  . . .
One day the older daughter said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children . . .   Let's get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father." . . . 
So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father. The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites . . .  The younger daughter also had a son . . . he is the father of the Ammonites of today. Genesis 19:29-38
There are times when it becomes obvious that our lives have been particularly blessed because we became connected or associated with certain individuals. Lot's life is one such example. His uncle, Abraham took him along when God called Abraham out of his hometown. Abraham was ordained to be blessed by God and Lot became blessed by his association with Abraham. Lot became so blessed that he had to move away from Abraham because the land could not contain their livestock and other possessions together.

When Lot was given the opportunity by Abraham to move, he selfishly chose the most fertile land and left the "seemingly infertile land" to Abraham. But God continued to prosper Abraham because God, not the fertility of the land, was the source of Abraham's blessing. Lot ran into many difficulties after parting from Abraham, but Abraham always came to his rescue. In fact, Lot's life was spared when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because "He remembered Abraham, and He brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived."

Abraham was constantly building altars and calling upon the LORD, but there is no such indication on the part of Lot. Lot was blessed because he was under the spiritual covering of Abraham. It is probably fair to say that Lot's life started going downhill after he left Abraham's household. He went to live in a sinful environment which was eventually destroyed by God. His family line was preserved through incest with his daughters. Lot's disassociation from Abraham was as a result of a quarrel.

How we handle our "divine associations" does matter. Lot's separation from Abraham was due to a quarrel over material possessions. When God blesses our lives through people, we must be careful to handle those divine associations well. Parting might be inevitable at some point. But the way we part from those divine vessels, who have been used by God as a covering and blessing for our lives, does matter. Please think about it!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the people you have used to bless my life. Please help me never to take those relationships for granted but to show godly gratitude at all times. Amen.