You’ve seen them as you drive down the road.
You know when there is something dead nearby.
It draws our attention.
We are curious.
Even though we know it is a sign of death.
I actually did a little research on these prehistoric looking creatures…
These vultures aren’t picky about what’s on the menu, according to a video I watched on Animal Planet.
They like their dinner served in various states of decomposition, exposed to the elements and smelling foul.
Their bald head helps them plunge into bloody carcasses and come out clean. And they are dedicated scavengers that help recycle rotting flesh.
The video described them as having somewhat “supernatural” powers with extremely high levels of stomach acid to withstand 100 times the botulism bacteria as humans, allowing them to eat putrid meat.
There are times I wonder why God would create such a creature, but obviously, it has it’s place in the food chain, saving us from the spread of disease.
But it also fascinates me when God will include one of his creations in the Bible, and when we take the time to REALLY ponder it… it can have deep and life changing implications!
In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 15, we find Abram, who had been obediently following God on a journey. And God appeared to him to tell him of his future.
Abram began to question some of the visions that God had given him.
As it seems, we all do at times in our lives.
So God asked Abram to offer to Him a sacrifice.
And in the middle of this sacrifice, we find the vultures.
“Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.” (emphasis mine)
Here’s what I love about this verse…
“…Abram chased them away.”
He could have stood there and gotten upset.
He could have complained to God… “Are you kidding me, God. Here I am trying to do what you say and look at these vultures… that You made… taking my sacrifice.
He could have sat down and given up.
He could have walked away.
But… Abram chased the vultures away!
He wasn’t about to let the vultures take away his sacrifice and steal his vision from God.
He knew that the rest of his vision DEPENDED on this sacrifice.
And he wanted to move forward.
But vultures feast on dead things.
Dead things are those that lived in the past.
Sometimes I get stuck in my past.
I may dwell on a problem that I can no longer change.
Or I will contemplate the “what if’s” of my life.
Those are dead things.
What about you?
Do you have dead things… things that get you stuck in the past?
Old dreams that were never realized.
A relationship that ended badly.
That job or promotion that should have been yours.
A choice that you made that changed the course of your life.
An encounter that left you denying your beliefs.
Conversations or arguments that you practice by yourself “in case” you find yourself face to face with “them” again…. things you “wish” you said.
Unfinished projects that stare at you, haunting you, telling you that you’re “not enough.”
It’s time that you let these go and lay these on the altar to God.
It’s time to sacrifice them to Him.
But you need to chase away the vultures!
Don’t allow them to eat away at your sacrifice.
Don’t listen to the lies that you’re not enough, or that you didn’t finish well.
Don’t let your past tell you who you are.
Sacrificing the past means to LET IT GO.
Watching vultures devour it is not a sacrifice.
But, your memories are too precious to be devoured.
God can use your past to create a new and beautiful hope for your future if you will only let go.
But rewinding it over and over…
Replaying it and rehearsing it…
Cursing and nursing it will only invite more vultures.
Welcome the “reasoning” vulture.
Trying to “understand” something on our own, can be it’s own type of vulture.
God didn’t ask us to “understand” everything… that’s the world’s way.
He asks us to trust in Him.
Vultures aren’t picky about what’s on the menu.
Vultures like you memories served in various states of decomposition.
Vultures prefer your mind exposed to the elements and smelling foul.
Vultures have bald heads that help them plunge into your mind and come out clean.
Vultures are dedicated scavengers that can supernaturally take what they want and leave you empty.
Vultures have an extremely high tolerance to withstand the poison they leave behind
We don’t want the vultures to feast on our minds.
We don’t want to dwell on the past.
We want to move forward in to 2015 with a spirit of hope.
So let’s live today a life like Abram.
Chase away the vultures.
And replace them by thinking on a verse from the Book of Isaiah which speaks instead of eagles.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
God has a better plan for your life!
He desires you to live with hope for a future.
But in order for us to have that, we need to direct our thoughts.
Not on the past, but on the present and the future.
Abram was to finish his sacrifice.
THAT’s why he chased away the vultures… so he could see God’s vision for his life.
God calls Himself the Great I Am, because He lives in the PRESENT.
Let’s live here with Him!
In the PRESENT.
In the NOW.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.