Hey hey hey!
There’s a reason the Bible has remained the best selling book of all times. I read somewhere recently that it is because the Bible is the only book that reads us while we read it. The word of God illuminates our hearts, shows us the mind of Christ and how desperately wicked ours can be without Jesus.
I’m currently studying the life of Abraham again and I caught a lesson I’d never really learned though I’ve read these same verses numerous times. (That’s why a believer who doesn’t read the Bible is playing with fire. We learn new lessons from the same verses we’ve read.)
There was a man close to Abraham who took a dangerous decision that later cost him basically all he had. (Or had acquired from Abraham).
Then Abram said to Lot, “We are relatives, and your men and my men shouldn’t be quarrelling. So let’s separate. Choose any part of the land you want. You go one way, and I’ll go the other.” Lot looked round and saw that the whole Jordan Valley, all the way to Zoar, had plenty of water, like the Garden of the Lord or like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord had destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose the whole Jordan Valley for himself and moved away towards the east. That is how the two men parted. Abram stayed in the land of Canaan, and Lot settled among the cities in the valley and camped near Sodom, whose people were wicked and sinned against the Lord .
Genesis 13:8-13 GNB
Oh Lot, it’s sad that many believers today still think just like you.
If only he had prayed about this decision and really sought after the face of God…
But here’s what happened. Lot saw that a particular section of the land was better and didn’t even think that he ought to first offer it to Abraham, who was the one who had helped Lot like he was his father. Instead, he thought he was wise and took the ‘better’ land.
What a dangerous decision.
It’s too dangerous to make decisions, whether big or small, with our own intellect. We just don’t know that much, that’s the truth.
We often pride ourselves in thinking that we know it all, so we try to take certain decisions out of greed, forgetting that there will be consequences.
We all have the liberty of will, we have freewill that no one can ever take from us; but let’s also remember that though we have power to choose, we don’t have power over the consequences that follow our actions.
Is there anything you’re about to do that you haven’t involved God?
Don’t you think it’s too dangerous?
The two men said to Lot, “If you have anyone else here — sons, daughters, sons-in-law, or any other relatives living in the city — get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The Lord has heard the terrible accusations against these people and has sent us to destroy Sodom.”
Genesis 19:12-13 GNB
The land wasn’t as good as Lot thought after all. In fact, he was dwelling among fervent sinners.
The sun was rising when Lot reached Zoar. Suddenly the Lord rained burning sulphur on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them and the whole valley, along with all the people there and everything that grew on the land. But Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Early the next morning Abraham hurried to the place where he had stood in the presence of the Lord . He looked down at Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole valley and saw smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a huge furnace. But when God destroyed the cities of the valley where Lot was living, he kept Abraham in mind and allowed Lot to escape to safety.
Genesis 19:23-29 GNB
The grass wasn’t greener on the other side.
It was towards the end that I even realized that God kept Lot because of Abraham- the same Abraham that Lot didn’t consider when he chose the land that looked better. (This topic is an entire one on it’s own- how we treat those who have helped us or been good to us.)
I don’t know what ‘land’ you’re about to choose, but have you asked God about it?
I remember how I wanted to kill myself to get into a certain University in Nigeria. I know there’s nothing God can’t do, but I sincerely doubt I would have been saved if I went there. I had friends from my past there and it would have been a comfortable place for me to continue in sin, but God had better plans!
He made the grass on the side I never liked to become greener than I could ever imagine.
You and I are not God, let’s stop acting like we can ever be.
Stop playing smart.
Don’t leave God out and then try to push matters on Him when all doesn’t go as planned. Don’t be Lot in making decisions, trust me, your eyesight isn’t as good as you think- borrow God’s lenses.
May God give us perfect understanding in Jesus name.
Light and love,
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