Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 9, 2018

When Choosing Best Doesn’t Serve Us Well

“So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east.” Genesis 13:11

It appeared to be the best choice. In fact, from my view everything was lining up perfectly. Seemed like a no brainer to move in this direction, to make this choice. And since the chance to choose first was offered to me – I took it. Didn’t consider anyone else. Would have worked out great except my perceived best paled in comparison to what God desired.

We’ve all been there when what appeared best leads us in a direction we never imagined. Flip through the pages of scripture and we find one who sought best and it cost him everything.

Lot was Uncle Abram’s sidekick until their abundant possessions and quarreling servants caused them to go their separate ways. And guess who got first choice? Abram offered Lot the chance of a lifetime – chose where you want to live and I will go in the opposite direction. Perfect plan right? Lot looked across the land and it was amazing. His livestock needed plush green grass and streams. The Jordan offered a stable climate; the right environment for Lot to thrive. Or was it?

Setting out east of the Jordan, Lot pitched his tent near Sodom. Not exactly the neighborhood God had in mind. The people of Sodom sinned greatly against the Lord and it wouldn’t be long before the lure of pleasure would draw Lot and his family in. Enmeshed in the culture and lifestyle of the rich and ungodly, Lot was drawn further and further away from God. Years later, the angels of the Lord appeared and literally dragged Lot and his family out of Sodom before God destroyed the city.

Wow best never looked so bad! But let’s not be quick to judge Lot. We’ve probably all chosen what looked amazing but in the end led us down paths we would have never taken. The enemy is great at presenting sin as enjoyable, fun and well deserved. A fake reality we all entertain.

Note to self: When given the opportunity to choose, seek God’s wisdom before self. Avoid gazing where we don’t intend to go. Leaving perceived best will be hard and costly. Choosing best doesn’t’ serve us well when we leave God out of the equation.

“Father, Your amazing grace and mercy spared Lot from his destructive choices. Guard our hearts, minds and eyes from seeking what doesn’t serve us well.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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