SOAP Entry: All That Glitters Aint Gold

S—[scripture] Genesis 13:10-12   Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley. The whole area was well-watered…. Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east…. Abram settled in the land of Canaan and Lot moved his ten to a place near Sodom……

O — [observation] Lot made a decision that would greatly impact his life (and that of his family) by sight and supposition. He chose what looked beauiful, what looked like the best choice. Then he pitched his tent near Sodom. Abram chose Canaan. The contrast is striking – Sodom (unholy) and Canaan (holy); there’s a message in the contrast too!!!

A— [application]  It is critical that I make quality decisions – not just for me but for my family and anyone who looks to me for leadership – based on all of the available information and not just on what looks good or seems right. All that glitters ain’t gold. Then, I must be careful not to pitch my tent near Sodom. This reminds me of Adam and Eve hanging out at the tree. Nothing good ever comes from hanging out at Sodom or near the forbidden fruit.

P— [prayer]   Lord, help me to learn to see beyond the physical, the surface, the obvious. I want spiritual vision that will alert me to hidden dangers or the problems that come from with being too close to forbidden fruit. Lord, help me not to take the easy way out. Help me to make decisions that are fully informed and that take everyone into consideration – especially the Abrams in my life.

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