Regret

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Lot looked up and saw the whole region of the Jordan. He noticed that all of it was well-watered (before the Lord obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, all the way to Zoar. Lot chose for himself the whole region of the Jordan and traveled toward the east. Genesis 13.10-11

Have you ever regretted a decision that you made? Most people probably have. Maybe the result did not turn out the way you expected. Maybe your faith was sorely tested afterwards. At the time, maybe it seemed to be the best decision, but you only weighed the good things and not the negative things.

Abram and Lot’s flocks, herds, and tents had become too great to remain together. There were quarrels between their herdsmen. They had to reach a different solution for the problem. Abram gave the choice to Lot as to where he would go.

Lot looked up and saw the region around the Jordan River. It was well-watered which was an important detail to consider. He chose to pitch his tents next to Sodom.

However, there was another detail that he perhaps failed to consider. The people of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the Lord, Genesis 13.13. One wonders if their reputation had preceded them. Lot’s life was not an easy one for he lived in anguish over the sinful lives of those around him, 2 Peter 2.7-8. In the end, he lost all of his possessions and escaped with his two daughters (his wife turned to a pillar of salt after longingly looking back to the city) to later live in caves, Genesis 19.

Pray about the decisions that you have to make. Ask for God’s wisdom. Remember, just because something looks good doesn’t mean that it is the best decision. Remember that some decisions can bring regret.

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