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Jordan Valley Choices

When Abram and Lot had conflict arise because God blessed them with so much, Abram initiated the separation of the two. He gave Lot the choice of the land to select. He basically said, “You go one way, and I’ll go the other.” Verse 9 notes that Abram said, “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” (ESV).

The narrative tells us that Lot made a choice. He “looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered.” Seeing the great land, he made his selection. While choosing the Jordan Valley, he disregarding what was happening in the area. He was taking residence in the area of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sadly, we all know these choices. We see what looks amazing, but it’s too good to be true.

We often make Jordan Valley Choices. We sacrifice for the sake of temporary pleasure. We choose to participate in things that get us close to crossing the line. We spend time near those who will cause us to move in the wrong direction. We pick what looks good from what we see on the outside, thereby missing the better choice. Today, focus on the choices you are making. Are you trying to select what you think would be most rewarding to you, no matter where it leads? Well-watered land isn’t always the most refreshing.

“Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)” – Genesis 13:10 [NIV]

With Hesitation

Many people can remember Lot’s wife getting turned into a pillar of salt in Genesis 19, as God was destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. We cannot only consider Lot’s wife looking back, showing that she could not leave her sin behind. We also need to note the hesitation of Lot. He was commanded to leave with his daughters, but verse 16 notes that he hesitated, causing the angels to grab him.

Lot was not jumping for joy to leave Sodom—the angels grabbed him and took him from Sodom. He hesitated. He considered what he would be losing by leaving Sodom. He considered if he should go or stay. We do the same thing at times when we are living in sin. We consider if we really need to give up certain sin. We hesitate.

Today if there is something that God is trying to weed out of your life, don’t turn around, don’t hesitate. God knows what is best for you. Trust Him and walk forward with confidence.

“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” – Romans 6:16 [NLT]

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Prayer of a Righteous Man

When the Lord told Abraham that He planned to destroy Sodom, Abraham prayed. James wrote that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (5:16). We see this to be true in our own lives, and we see this when the angels come escort Lot out of Sodom to safety before the Lord brought destruction upon Sodom and Gomorrah for their great sin.

God hears prayer and He answers. Never doubt the power and effectiveness of prayer.  Abraham pleaded for Sodom. He first asked if God would save Sodom for fifty righteous people. Then he asked for forty-five, for forty, for thirty, for twenty, and then finally for ten righteous people. We see the great mercy of God as He says He will save Sodom for only ten people.

Nonetheless, there weren’t ten righteous men in Sodom, but Abraham’s prayer did not go unanswered. Lot and his daughters were escorted out of Sodom by angels. There is great power in prayer. Abraham’s prayer didn’t change God’s mind (His mind cannot be changed) but it did allow Abraham to see the mercy of God. Prayer changes us. Keep on praying.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 [NIV]

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