The examples of men and women that are recorded in the Bible can provide valuable lessons for us today (Rom. 15:4). From Abraham, we can learn the value of faith in God. From Joseph, the workings of God’s providential care. From Job, the importance of patience and faith under trial. From Lot, we can learn valuable lesson in decision making (Gen. 13:10-12).
In the book of Genesis, Lot is introduced to us as the nephew of Abraham who traveled with him (Gen 12:5). A man who, like his uncle, became quite wealthy, and “their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together” (Gen. 13:1-9). Given the opportunity to choose where he could live, Lot made a choice, which on the surface seemed like a good one, but it resulted in much sorrow and hardship for Lot, even though he was a righteous person (Gen. 13:10-12; 14:11-12; 19:1-36; 2 Pet. 2:5-8).
The example of Lot should impress on us the importance of making the proper choices in our lives. In view of what happened to Lot, let’s consider some of the choices we make that greatly affect our lives.
- The one that will affect our lives more than any other is the choice to follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24-25), because it will determine our place in eternity, heaven or hell, and it will have a bearing on every choice that we make.
- Next, the choosing our career (Pro. 3:5-6). The choice we make can have a lasting effect upon our marriage, family, and our service to God.
- In addition, the choosing of our spouse (2 Cor. 6:14). This decision will to a great extent determine the degree of happiness in this life, and it will have a permanent bearing on our children and their emotional well-being.
- Finally, the choosing of our friends. Having close friends can be a wonderful blessing (Pro. 17:17), but the wrong friends can be a curse for the righteous (Pro. 12:26; 1 Cor. 15:33).
Friends, the example of Lot should serve to teach us that making the proper decision is very important and to warn us not to make our choices lightly. Therefore, remember Lot the next time you are faced with an important decision. Seek to make that decision based upon the will of the Lord and not your own, because your eternal destiny, and those you love, might rest upon your choice.