Cast Not Your Lot

I was reading through Proverbs 1 the other day and I noticed something that I really hadn’t noticed before. When you read through a chapter of Proverbs each day, sometimes it seems like the same things jump off the page and are just reminded of the same issues you need to work on in life. So I was thrilled when I saw this truth and it has been on my mind since.

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole as those that go down into the pit:

We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:” Proverbs 1:10-14

In these verses, we see the sinner trying to entice the son and trying to get the son to go their own way, the way of foolishness and destruction. A few different things stick out from these verses, but I want to zero in on verse 14.

“Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:”

I was thinking about what this verse meant and I thought about it in a way that I have never thought of and that is what I would like to share today.

Whenever I read the book of Proverbs, I always read it in the mindset of teenager. Whenever I see the word ‘son’, I always think of him in the teenage years. Solomon was talking to his son, we really don’t know his exact age, but Proverbs is a great book for teeangers to learn from as well as adults.

So in these verses, I see the sinner telling the son to come with them. I see the worldly crowd telling the teen who has grown up in a Christian home, attends church, and has had his parents protect him from the world and the evil therein.

The sinner will entice you, no matter who you are, to get you to go with them. They want you to partake in their loose living and their evil deeds. They want you to be just like them.

When I see this verse and the sinner saying, “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:” I think about how the sinner wishes they had what you still have.

You see, the sinner doesn’t care about you, they just want you to be just like them. If you are not part of their crowd and partaking in the things they do, they will try their hardest to get you to join them.

They want you to cast in your lot, or the wealth and riches you have, both spiritually and physically in some cases. They want you to be just like them, with nothing to show for their life.

When you cast in your lot with the sinner, you are giving up your testimony and reputation. These are the things that are valuable in life. When you say someone’s name, whoever it is, you automatically think of that person and their character, whatever it may be, good or bad.

The sinner and the world want to get you to throw your testimony and reputation into the same purse as theirs, and ruin what you have worked so hard to build. They want you to be a part of them and they know that you will never fully be a part of them until you give up your testimony and reputation.

Guard your testimony and reputation! Don’t give in to the world! There is no return on your investment in the world!

Reasons to Cast Not Your Lot

  1. Your testimony and reputation is yours. It is based on how you act and what you say and do. When you cast your lot into the world, you become just like them.
  2. When you cast your lot, you lose everything you worked for. In a matter of minutes your life can change. It takes only minutes to ruin a reputation while it takes years to build one. Don’t throw away your hard work to have a good testimony and reputation on a few minutes of feeling cool or like one of the crowd.
  3. You are not only wasting your life, but also the time and effort that was invested into you to help you build your reputation and testimony. I believe that we are who we are based on the decisions that we personally make. But I also believe that the decisions we make are influenced by those around us and those who have been in our life. Think about your parents, the preacher, the school teachers and many more, the people who have invested in your life hoping you would make it. Don’t waste their investment either.

We all have the decision to make whether we cast our lot into the world’s purse or not. It is our choice. I want to raise my children right, but that will not happen if I cast my lot. I want to make my parents proud, and others who have invested in my life, but that will not happen if I cast my lot. I have a lot riding on whether I cast my lot into the world or not.

On vacation this past week, I stopped by the church I grew up in. It was good to see many familiar faces. One person in particular, in passing, said, “It is good to see that you are still serving God.” I’m thankful that I am still living a life where that can be said about me. I pray that I would never cast my lot into the world’s purse. I pray that God would protect me and my family and 30, 40, 50 years from now, that statement can still be said about my life.

——————————————————————————————————————————

Thanks for your continued reading! If you would like to support us but love shopping on Amazon more, just click on this link to shop! When you do, we get a little kickback, it is just something that helps keep this blog going!!

***********************************************************************************************************

If Amazon isn’t your thing, then head over to our t-shirt shop to get your very own Counted Faithful t-shirt!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Listen to the Counted Faithful Podcast!! You can also support us by supporting the podcast!!

***********************************************************************************************************

Make a flat donation through PayPal!

—————————————————————————————————————————–

We appreciate your support!

3 Friends That Walking With God Will Bring

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach in our College and Career Sunday School Class. This class is our singles class for those in college or those who are starting out their careers in whatever field they are in. I remember that time in my life when I was trying to figure out what I was doing and sometimes I still feel like that.

The lesson that week was on the subject of “Read Your Bible.” A simple lesson, but profound in its truth. No matter what stage of life we are in, no matter who we are, we all need to read our Bibles more. There is no substitute for the Word of God or for the relationship we need to have with Him.

One of the points in the lesson was what the Bible does. Underneath that point, one of the sub-points was ‘it makes friends.’ As soon as I saw that point, I immediately thought of the quote from camp…”Don’t quit walking with God, to walk with your friends.” I knew exactly where I was going to go with my lesson that morning.

The verse used for this point of ‘it makes friends’ was Psalms 119:63, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” The writer said that he was a companion or friend of those who also feared the Lord and kept His precepts or kept His Word. As a Christian, we need to be careful who our friends are. We need friends who are walking with the Lord, serving the Lord and trying to do their best in living a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

I thought about 3 types of friends that having a walk with God will bring.

  1. Having a walk with God will bring you the BEST FRIEND. The best friend that we can have is Jesus Christ. He is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is the friend that will never leave you or forsake you. But like the Bible says, you have to be friendly to have friends. You can’t expect to have a friendship with Christ if you are never talking to Him or spending time with him each day. You have to daily walk and talk with Him to build your friendship.
  2. Having a walk with God will bring you BIBLICAL FRIENDS. The closer you get to God, you will find friends that are also trying to get closer to God. This is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. My friends should be those who are also trying to get close to God and have a relationship with Him. The verse from Psalms 119:63 says that we should be companions of them that fear the Lord…these are the ones who are also following and walking with the Lord.
  3. Having a walk with God will make you a BETTER FRIEND. When you are daily reading and walking with God, you will become better. You will be a better friend to your friends. You will be able to build your friends up because you have built yourself up in Christ. When you walk with God, you will be a better person and a better friend.

——————————————————————————————————————————

Thanks for your continued reading! If you would like to support us but love shopping on Amazon more, just click on this link to shop! When you do, we get a little kickback, it is just something that helps keep this blog going!!

***********************************************************************************************************

If Amazon isn’t your thing, then head over to our t-shirt shop to get your very own Counted Faithful t-shirt!

——————————————————————————————————————————

Listen to the Counted Faithful Podcast!! You can also support us by supporting the podcast!!

***********************************************************************************************************