Lot’s Life • Devotion #2: Separation of Lot from Abraham
James Clouse | Student Pastor
Have you ever made a decision and instantly regretted it? I know that many times in life I have made decisions that I soon regretted. Whether it was a sin in my life or buying a house at the top of the housing market, I have made some poor choices. Life presents many decisions that we need to seek answers to. Whether the question is which college to go to, which house to buy, or whom to marry there are always important questions that need to be answered. It may not surprise you, but this is nothing new. Through the Bible, we can see numerous times where there is a choice that needs to be made. Abram and Lot had to separate from each other for logistical and peacekeeping reasons.
Genesis 13:8-13 says what happened, “Then Abram said to Lot, ‘Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.’ 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. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 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. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.”
Spend a moment focusing on the situation in front of Lot. Lot and Abram have both left their home. They have left everything that is familiar to them to go to a place where the Lord has promised them. But there is strife amongst the families and Lot ends up having to separate from Abram. Abram offers up a choice to Abram of which land to go to. Genesis offers up a detailed situation on how Lot chose which direction to go in where it mentions that “Lot chose for himself.” Lot chose his path on his own and without the Lord’s direction. Lot saw what options were in front of him and which looked more appealing to him. He also saw that the land he chose was closer to Sodom, a very sinful city.
Things do not go too well for Lot after this poor decision. How often do we as Christians decide on our own what is going to happen next in our lives without God’s direction? Go to God for which direction to go in your life. If you are presented with multiple paths in your life, seek God first.