Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Life Lessons From Biblical Marriages and Parents: Lot

Wrong place at the wrong time.

It is a phrase we hear in passing.  It is something that is said when things go wrong and someone we know (or even ourselves) happens to be present or caught up in the unfortunate situation.

But sometimes, we are in the wrong place at the wrong time because we are not where God wants us to be. 

Last week we saw Lot look over the land beside his Uncle Abram and choose for himself the valley of Jordan after he "lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere..... like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar."  Not once did we see that Lot prayerfully considered his decision as to where he would be going.  He based his decision completely on what he saw. 

What Lot did not know was that he chose to live in the center of what was going to be a war zone.  The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and three other cities had chosen after twelve years to stop serving the king of Elam.  The King of Elam along with three allied kings went up against these 5 kings to regain their control and won.  In the process, Lot (who, by the way, was no longer living outside the city, but now lived inside Sodom) and all of his possessions were taken captive.

When we as a couple, or as parents, go to make a decision, it is important that we go before the Lord in prayer first.  Many times, we look at what we can see, and many times what we see looks wonderful.  However, when you look deeper or even in hind sight, you see things that were not evident before and you wonder what result you would have had with a different decision.  By bringing God into the decision making process from the beginning, we are asking for His viewpoint of the situation, which surpasses anything our eyes can see.  Because He is truth, He can reveal the truth of a situation and show you the long term affects of your decisions before you even make a move in any direction. 

They say hindsight is 20/20, but "God's sight" is even better.  Ask Him for wisdom at the beginning and your hindsight will be pleasant to look back on.


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