KEY VERSE: “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other” (GENESIS 13:11).
A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the road side waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came, he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day, a neighbour asked the farmer, "Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?" The farmer replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do, if he ever caught one". Many people are like the dog that was busy running after meaningless goals. In today's passage, Abraham left Egypt with all that he had and continued his journey, which afforded him the lost opportunity of calling on the name of the Lord on the altar he had left unused because of his wrong choice of going down to Egypt where he fell victim to fear of man. Then the relationship between his herdsmen and those of Lot became strained. Abraham wanted peace and he needed to make choices and take decisions. He talked to Lot about the problem. Lot could have learnt from the earlier mistakes of Abraham's choices; but alas, he failed miserably. When he was given the opportunity to choose either to remain with Abraham or go a separate way, he chose the latter. His choice led him to Sodom which eventually robbed him of all that he had. Believers must be careful of people, places, positions and privileges that offer themselves readily, so they do not, like Lot, pursue goals and projects that will take them farther from the Lord and His work. Some are journeying down to Egypt in their marital, family and business life. Others are running away from their spiritual benefactors. You will do well today to watch carefully how you handle your life and situations. Remember, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Decision determines destiny.
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