Life is a bit like driving on a freeway. As we travel, I’ve discovered it’s imperative to choose the right lane to get to where we want to go. One or two turning points and decisions determine the outcome of our journey and destination.
Many choices in life are like that. At the time, they don’t seem significant, like initially choosing the wrong lane. But those choices can easily set in motion a series of events that shape our lives.
Many stories in life begin with seemingly insignificant decisions, but those decisions are the ones that lead to relationships, opportunities, and even our coming to know Jesus. Those decisions forever affect our lives, not to mention future generations.
There is an account in the bible about Lot, in Genesis 13:5-18. It’s a story of Lot’s choice, and it teaches us a crucial lesson about life’s choices:
Then Lot and Abram’s herdsmen quarrelled because there wasn’t adequate land to support all their flocks. So Abram gave Lot his choice of where to settle and Lot decided to move down into the fertile Jordan valley. That choice was the beginning of Lot’s gradual but steady decline. First, he looked toward Sodom (13:10). Then he moved his tents near Sodom (13:12). Next, we find him living in Sodom (14:12). Finally, he is sitting at the gate of Sodom.
As a result, Lot lost his wife, barely escaped with his own life and his two daughters. The last we hear of him, he’s hiding in a cave where his daughters (who were raised surrounded by depravity) encouraged him to become drunk and committed incest with him. These offspring became the Moabites and the Ammonites, who were two of Abraham family’s biggest enemies. But it all began with Lot’s choice to live near Sodom.
Sounds dramatic, I know. But it’s out choices that direct our steps, and everything in our life is a reflection of those choices.
Like many people Lot’s problem was in following through and walking step by step, allowing God to be his GPS.
Fortunately, God is a great restorer. None of us need end up like Lot and his family. With Him, we can all get back in the right lane. He’s like our GPS. We have to choose to connect Him up to our life and keep listening. The key is not to be constantly thinking we know a better route or a great short cut. That usually results in us hitting a traffic jam or going entirely in the wrong direction.
Today if you feel like you are in the wrong lane, stop and allow God to get you back on track. Let Him be your GPS. Ask Him to help you get back on the right road. Then start to listen and trust Him, and He will direct your every step. “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all our ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6
Prayer: Lord help me to make wise choices and to follow your leading and guidance so I am at the right place, at the right time today. In Jesus name Amen