Oh To Be Wise Meditations
The path of Abraham. When given a choice we need to be careful we do not go for what looks the best. Greener pastures do not always mean better. Lot, Abraham's nephew found that out the hard way when he chose to live near Sodom and Gomorrah. The scripture says, "Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the LORD or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the LORD. After Lot had gone, the LORD said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” We need to care about keeping our decisions pure without selfish reasoning. God has a path of blessing for us to walk in, and it may not have all the bells and whistles a prosperity gospel might give you. Notice how God showed Abraham his blessings before they were even fulfilled. We need to obediently walk in the promises of God's word so that we can reap its riches. It may not look at first like Lot's view of the land. He chose what looked the best instead of realizing the wickedness of people around him was not worth it. How many decisions have we made on the fly that looked good because we trusted in other reasons than Gods. Do not go where evil people go. Do not follow the example of the wicked. Avoid it; do not travel on it. Turn from it and pass on by. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. Over time the land Lot chose was destroyed by fire and brimstone. Abraham's path was like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. LORD Jesus, give me discernment to pick the righteous choice when my naked eye deceives me. Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners. Do not sweep away my soul along with hardened sinners or my life along with bloodthirsty people.
Meditate Gen. 13:9