Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

08/01/2018

Harold Akridge

 

The Consequences of Lot’s Choice

 

“You are free to make whatever choice you want,

but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.”

 

  In Genesis chapter thirteen, Abram, his family, and all his livestock, silver and gold along with his nephew Lot, his family and all his herds and flocks left Egypt for Canaan. They settled around Bethel where Abram had lived prior to the famine that caused him to go to Egypt. The land they settled in could not support all their herds, along with the Canaanites and Perizzites who lived there. Unfortunately, quarreling broke out between Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen over grazing land. Abram, the patriarch of the family chose to avoid any hard feelings with his nephew, so he suggested that it was best that they spilt up. Abram could have chosen for himself the very best land. Instead he said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left”(Genesis 13:8-9 NIV). Abram who believed in the Lord and was a truly righteous man made a sincere, honest offer to Lot with the hope of keeping family peace and healing any problems that might have occurred between their families.

 

  Lot gracefully accepted Abram’s offer. He was free to choose any land he wanted. “And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. So, Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus, they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom”(Genesis 13:10-12 ESV). Lot’s decision was based on what his eyes saw. His priority was on protecting and increasing his flocks and herds and building his personal fortune. He never considered the consequences he and his family would face when he chose to pitch his tent near Sodom, where the wicked who “sinned greatly against the Lord” lived. The people of Sodom, “who devoted their lives to evil, who were wicked and sinners before the Lord” (2 Peter2:7-8). “The Lord said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached Me’”  (Genesis 18:20-21). Lot could have written the first book on, “The Worst Decision I Ever Made.”

 

  Lot’s choice brought strong consequences for him and his family. Because of his choice, He suffered…

“Four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and they kidnapped Lot, his family, and all his possessions” (Genesis 14:1-14).

 

Two angels came to visit Lot in Sodom and they were threatened as all the men from every part of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house demanding that the two men come out, so they can have sex with them. Lot’s fear caused him to choose to offer his daughters to these depraved men (Genesis 19:1-11 & 2 Pet. 2:7-8).

 

• Lot lost all his material wealth when God destroyed Sodom (Genesis 19:15-16; 24-25).

 

• He suffered the death of his wife (Genesis 19:17, 26).

 

• His choice caused the shame of incest with his daughters (Genesis 19:30-36).

 

  Lot had his choice of anywhere to live, but, because of his greed, he chose to live near Sodom. His choice, and ultimate consequences are an example for us to learn from. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, these things happened as examples for us…” (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians10:6). What did Lot do wrong? He did not pray to the Lord asking for guidance with his choice. When we are faced with choices, we must have confidence that through prayer to the Lord we can ask anything within His will, and that He hears us, and He will grant it (Mark 11:24; 1 John 14:14 & 15). We serve a strong and faithful God. “I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:3).

 

  Heavenly Father, I confess I don’t come in prayer to You with every choice I must make in life. I feel guilty and selfish asking for Your help with everything. Please forgive me for my ignorance and my not trusting You with all my choices. I beg for Your forgiveness. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

—HAROLD Akridge

   Bella Vista Church of Christ