Genesis 13:11, 13 NLT
“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. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.”
Life is a culmination of the choices we make on a daily basis. As we are faced with the crossroads of decisions, we choose one road to walk on and that becomes our experience and part of our lives journey. However, regardless of the road we choose to walk on, there is no denying the impact that each decision has on our lives, whether great or small. Therefore when you have to choose, choose wisely.
I recently heard a statement that got me not only laughing, but thinking as well. The statement was, “not everything that moves in water is fish”. I laughed as I imagined someone excitedly railing in their fishing rod in the hope of baiting a fish, only to reach out to the fangs of a venomous serpent. Yet, this has been the experience of many; they chose one road expecting it to be the promised land, only to find out it was nothing but a wilderness in disguise. This is why the Bible says, “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death” [Proverbs 14:12, AMP]. The use of the word “seems” means to “appear as”, but how a way seems would differ from person to person depending on the information received by the parties involved.
In Lot’s case when he looked at the plain of Jordan, he was reminded of the lushness of Egypt. Yet, when God looked at the same land, he saw the exceeding iniquity of the men in the land. What if Lot had seen the land just as God had? The Bible recounts in Genesis 14 that after lot had settled in the land, he was carried away in captivity by invading forces and had to be rescued by the same uncle whose company he had departed. Wisdom should have caused Lot to return to his uncle after this incident but he didn’t. Several chapters later, the same land that looked so pleasant to Lot was destroyed by fire and brimstone, he lost his home and wife and unknowingly impregnated his daughters. At the end, the way that seemed right to Lot had brought him destruction and ruin.
There are many ways but when it comes to us, there is only one way; God’s way. God’s way can only discerned through His Word and Spirit. In His way, there is His acceptable, good and perfect will. It is His desire that we walk in His perfect will by renewing our mind with His word. Then we can discern from the several choices and choose the right way (Romans 12:2). Then we can make choices not based on what “seems” but by the surety of God’s Word.
What do you want in this life? Choose wisely because each decision comes with a harvest. God’s way may not seem lavish or pleasant but His way is what will bring you the expected end, free of the self-imposed troubles lot experienced. King David knew the benefits of choosing God’s way and nearing the end of his life he confidently said, “I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry.” [Proverbs 37:25, TLB]. If you love God, choose His way regardless of what it costs you. Abraham had chosen God’s way and was unperturbed when he was left with the “rest” after Lot chose. He wasn’t upset or anxious that the land he was left with was not as appealing as the Jordan Valley. Yet because Abraham had embraced God’s way, “the Lord said to Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” [Genesis 13:14-15, KJV]. What is so amazing is that this included the same land that Lot had chosen and had left his uncle for.
At the end we see the result of choosing from the perspective of the flesh compared to choosing based on the Spirit. In this season of choices; job and school offers, relationship decisions, geographical relocations, what would be said of your choices? When you choose, choose wisely; choose God’s way.