Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan towards Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Genesis 13:10 (NIV)
Read: Genesis 13
Consider: Abram (later to be Abraham) and Lot had travelled and lived together for some time, sharing pasture land for their flocks. Because of the numbers of their combined animals, conflict arose between Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen.
For Abram the solution was simple, let Lot choose the land he wanted and Abram would go in the opposite direction. The verse from Genesis 13 quoted above tells us that Lot chose the land based on its obvious fertility and the fact that it was well watered. Unfortunately what seemed on the face of it to be a ‘good’ choice for Lot, turned out badly. Genesis 14 tells us about Lot being taken captive by Kedolaomer and Genesis 19 tells us about the destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot used his eyes to make his choice and took no account of anything else. Abram, on the other hand, by allowing Lot to have the first choice, showed that he wasn’t influenced by appearances, but was prepared to trust God for his safety and success.
In life we have many choices to make, for example – where to work, who to marry, where to live, etc. If we only base our choices on worldly standards (what looks good) we can miss out on the richer blessing God has in store for us.
Pray: Father, forgive us when we give in to the pressure to make our decisions based on worldly standards. Help us to seek your leading and to trust you for the outcome. Amen