When God called Abraham, He made him a promise to make him a father of many nations and to give his descendants a land they didn’t have to till or suffer for: the promised land. When Abraham left his father’s land to an unknown world, he took his nephew Lot with him and this brought Lot greatness because as Abraham prospered, he also prospered.
Yet, Lot’s allegiance to his Uncle and to what God had promised Abraham was soon tested when they both grew too big to share the land they were on. The Bible says, “Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.). Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram.” [Genesis 13:8-11, NLT].
Clearly we can see that the land that Lot chose looked like the Promised Land; it was luscious and fertile, just as the promised land which was a land flowing with milk and honey. But the fertile land in the Jordan plains was not the promised land. Far from it, for it was the home of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and “the people of Sodom were evil—flagrant sinners against God” [Genesis 13:13, The MSG]. So what looked like the promised land in the beginning, was in reality a choice that nearly led to Lot’s destruction when the land was destroyed, had it not been for Abraham’s negotiation with the Lord.
Like Lot, most of us tend to choose with our eyes especially when one choice greatly appeals to the eyes (senses). But what the eyes may see, may be a snare and a trap of the enemy waiting patiently to bring you to ruin. That is why it is imperative that “… we live by faith and not by sight” [2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV]. When we walk by faith and walk according to God’s Word, the choices that we make may not seem appealing to the senses in the beginning but just like Abraham, you will be greatly blessed. After Lot’s departure, God told Abraham “… Lift up now your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your posterity forever. And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if a man could count the dust of the earth, then could your descendants also be counted. Arise, walk through the land, the length of it and the breadth of it, for I will give it to you” [Genesis 13:14-17, AMP]. The interesting thing is that even the land that Lot chose was included in what God promised Abraham. When you choose God’s way and choose by His spirit, even the things that seem to be working at your disadvantage, are turned around for your good.
The same cannot be said for Lot and his family. Choosing the “un-promised” land led to their capture as slaves, only to be rescued by Abraham and the eventual destruction of the land they thought was the promised land.
Unfortunately, Lot’s wife also became a causality of that destruction. There are many choices we would have to make, choices not of good or bad but two seemingly good choices. Yet, choosing to go our own way and being led by our senses will not produce the best results in the end. In the beginning it might seem exciting but remember not all lands which look like the promised land, is the promised land.