January 19, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 13

The depiction of Lot in our passage today is a stark reminder of how every choice we make has a consequence. In Lot’s case, choosing the best share of the pastureland for his herds was a selfish and destructive decision, even though it appeared to be wise at the time. It would have certainly been hard to turn down for sure. But, not only was Lot’s decision a greedy decision and pretty disrespectful to his uncle; it also places himself and his family in a risky position to fall into sin. Look back at verses 12-13 again:

12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.

Lot had just willingly moved his family near the Las Vegas of the ancient world. Not too wise of a choice. Later we will see that his family doesn’t just end up living near Sodom but right smack in the middle of the city and it doesn’t turn out well.

What we shouldn’t take away from this passage is that we should never go to places, or even move our families to places, where there is great sin and danger if The Lord so calls us. This would be completely contrary to scripture. However, it does remind us (especially husbands/fathers) that the choices we make in leading our families have major spiritual consequences. It also reiterates the importance of Biblical community in the life of a family. Lot separated himself and his family from his uncle and spiritual leader, isolating him and his family in an environment of widespread sin and ungodliness.

Take time today and pray diligently over any major decisions you have coming up regarding your family. Also, make a commitment to be a part of a Biblical community (here at CPC or somewhere else) where you can be surrounded by other believers and your family can be as well. This is essential to live a Christ honoring life and leading your family well.

By: Matt Mofield

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Lexington & Richmond KY

6 thoughts on “January 19, 2016”

  1. For me, this passage paints a great picture of the destructive power of greed. Lot’s relationship with Abram really ended when he decided to accumulate so much stuff that Abram had to kick him out. Not only did Lot want it all, but he wanted to ride Abram’s coat tails too. And as Matt pointed out, he then selfishly chose the best land for himself.

    It’s interesting that as the Lord showed Abram all the land he was going to inherit, it seems to also include the land Lot had just taken since presumably Abram and Lot were surveying the land from the same place. Sort of a prediction of Lot’s downfall…

  2. Where in my life am I making decisions without thinking about the spiritual impact that it will have?

    Lot went from living in tents outside the city to living in the heart of Sodom…

  3. Excellent job Matt! There’s consequences when we choose sin – even if it’s just to “admire it”. We must remember to choose and do right, because it’s the right thing to do! Those choices effect us and others around us. Powerful!

  4. The choices we make not only have consequences for us and others, but they also reveal our character. Do we make wise decisions that honor God and bless others? Or do we make decisons that only benefit ourselves, without consideration for others?

  5. When opportunities that we have been praying for open up, it’s hard to think that it may not be a good idea. With Wes’ job situation it has taken a lot of prayer to figure out where we need to be. Ultimately it is more time with family, NOT more money, that secured our decision, but it would be easy to justify either job…as each comes with positives and negatives.

  6. “However, it does remind us (especially husbands/fathers) that the choices we make in leading our families have major spiritual consequences. It also reiterates the importance of Biblical community in the life of a family.”

    YEP. Thanks for this reminder today Matt.

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