Choices-Consequences

 

WHEN FACED WITH MAJOR DECISIONS HOW DO WE RESPOND?

Life is filled with choices – small or big, short-term or long term. AND with those choices come benefits and/or consequences. That’s Life!  In making

decisions and determining the success or failure of each choice, the beginning step in the process is the key.

Where do we begin?  AND with Whom?

Do we look to “self” or do we turn to God for direction?

A recurring theme in the Scriptures is the contrast between the Way of the Righteous and the Way of the World.  As we review the story of Abram and Lot, we find the answer to these questions: Who was walking in the ways of the world and Who was walking in the ways of the Lord?

Both Abram and Lot had accumulated so much in possessions, flocks, and herds that it was necessary to separate to keep the peace between the two family groups.

“So Lot chose the entire plain of the Jordan for himself. Then Lot journeyed eastward, and they separated from each other. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom.”  Gen. 13:11-12

Lot (the man of the world) based his selection on the appearance of lush, fertile fields and his selfish, worldly desires.  No mention of consulting with God or a priest or prophet.

(Note for further study:  In Genesis, when we see the term “eastward,” it denotes separation from God or choosing to go against God’s Will.  Check it out!  (See Gen. 3:24 (Adam and Eve); Gen. 4:16 (Cain); and Gen. 11:2 (citizens of Babel))

But Abram (the man of faith) simply obeyed!

By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

The theme of the “Two Ways” is repeated in Psalm 1:

How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.

He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.

Along his faith journey, Abram chose to focus on God, build altars and worship God, and believe that He who had promised would be faithful to His promises.

“ I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing….  and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis 12:2-3

God’s faithfulness to His People is a foundational storyline throughout the entire Bible.

“He (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had  promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord from the dead. He was  delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:20-25

We have so much to learn from both men, Lot and Abram.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for  correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16

Janice Ramsey