Choices!

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Genesis 19:15 (NIV)
With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
Genesis 19:15 (MSG)
At break of day, the angels pushed Lot to get going, “Hurry. Get your wife and two daughters out of here before it’s too late and you’re caught in the punishment of the city.”
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“When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot [to hurry], saying, “Get up! Take your wife and two daughters who are here [and go], or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” -AMPLIFIED
Be wise and be aware; for the choices you make in this life definitely have an impact on your life, as well as the lives of the ones you love. Lot made some very poor choices. Yes, he did make a wise choice when he chose to follow Abram when he left Ur. After that point in time though; we find him more and more making poor choices.
The first bad choice was when Lot chose for himself all the Valley of the Jordan. This happened when Abraham’s servants and Lot’s were arguing. Abraham gave Lot the choice of where he would live and Lot choose the choicest looking for himself. (Note to self: the best looking on the outside may not always be the best or wisest choice.) Scripture tells us; “Lot looked. He saw the whole plain of the Jordan spread out, well-watered (this was before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah), like God’s garden, like Egypt, and stretching all the way to Zoar. Lot took the whole plain of the Jordan. Lot set out to the east. That’s how they came to part company, uncle and nephew. Abram settled in Canaan; Lot settled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent near Sodom.” -Genesis 13:10-12 (MSG)
The second bad choice comes at the tail end of the above passage; we find that Lot pitched his tent “near” Sodom. Instead of staying far away from that place of great evil; we find he was enticed by it. In fact, by the time of Genesis 19 Lot had moved right into the city.
Pastor Keith Krell, an associate professor at Moody Bible Institute–Spokane, shares a few thoughts on Lot’s choice. “Lot could be a poster boy for spiritual compromise. The fact that Lot had worked his way up to become one of Sodom’s leading citizens indicates that he was no longer a threat to their immoral way of life. The people of Sodom must have said, “Lot, we like you. You were smart to give up that nomadic existence because you have the gifts of leadership that we need here. And because you are a shrewd man, we’re willing to give you a place of honor at the city gate. Take note: You do not get honored in Sodom unless you have decided to be quiet about your faith. If you are so well thought of by the world that you compromise your testimony, you have paid too much for your success.” -“Sin and the City”
In chapters 13 and 14 of Genesis we see Lot had ample warning of the sin, evil and chaos of Sodom; yet he still chose to stay. “By the time we come to the end of his sordid story in today’s text, it is clear that the polluted atmosphere of Sodom had smudged Lot’s soul and obscured his witness.” -Oswald Chambers
We could basically say that Lot and his daughters escaped Sodom by the very “skin of their teeth”. Sadly, Lot’s wife had left her heart in Sodom; for when she turned back to look, just one more time, (something they had been instructed not to do.) she instantly turned into a pile of salt.
Let us be careful to make wise, godly choices that will glorify God and protect ourselves and those we love.
My Prayer:
Lord, protect me from the enticing ways of this World. Help me to keep my heart and mind true to you. Give me wisdom in making wise, godly choices. I want to be holy; as you are holy. Lot really messed things up by making bad choices; yet still you loved him and saved him. He had to live the rest of his life with the scars of those bad choices though. Help me to be obedient to you so that I do not have those scars. I want others to always see you in me. Remind me, and often, that I am to be in the World, but not of it. Be glorified in my life every minute of every day!
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