Genesis 13:10-11 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Not because something looks good on the surface means it is the best thing for you; it could cause more harm than good. The only way to avoid that scenario is to practice looking at both sides of the coin. Lot, the Nephew of Abraham, never looked at both sides of the coin and found himself in a mess later on
In Genesis 13, a contention arose between the herdsmen of Lot and Abraham because both had large amounts of cattle and livestock and the area where they dwelled was not large enough to contain the substance of both men. Abraham told Lot that the best thing for them to do was to separate themselves from each other by Lot choosing the portion of the land that seemed best to him and in response, he would go to the opposite side. Lot chose to take the portion of the land that was in the plains of Jordan because it was green and well watered. The issue with the approach taken by Lot is that the only factor that he considered in making his decision was that it was well watered and green, but there were other things that mattered.
The approach taken by Lot in making his decision is how some of us tend to operate. He looked on one side of the coin; he only considered the positive without taking into consideration the negatives. Although the portion of the land that Lot chose was green and well watered, the negative was that the area chosen was positioned close to Sodom and Gomorrah, which was a hedonistic city. That should never have been left out of the equation. Lot needed to account for the likely impact of living so close to a city that had no fear of God and the negative impact it could have on him and his family. He never did and when God destroyed the city whatever wealth he had accumulated was lost. It was a hard pill to swallow for Lot’s wife, who looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Looking at one side of the coin is one reason for errors in judgment. As much as possible, consider all relevant factors when making decisions.
Life Application: Train your mind to consider all factors relevant to a decision by making an exhaustive potential benefits and downside of each option.
Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom when making decisions. Help me not to look only on the surface or on one side without considering all sides or other factors. In Jesus’ name, amen.