Where I decide to go matters.
Who I hang out with matters.
How I use my time matters.
Where I spend my money matters.
When I make good choices, even better things come by way. When I make bad choices, I experience the negative consequences. And that is never fun.
It’s interesting to me how God forgives my sins but he doesn’t take away all of the negative consequences of my sins. He is a good Father and he wants me to learn from my mistakes – so he doesn’t take away the bad consequences but he helps me deal with them.
Why do you think he tells me to ask for wisdom in James 1? Because I really need it! Please give me more wisdom, Father!
I have paid the consequences for some of the my bad decisions for a very long time. And I have learned –
I have learned that there is a direct correlation between bad choices and bad consequences. It’s not luck. It’s not someone else’s fault. I did it to myself.
I have learned how quickly bad decisions can become nightmares which can follow me around for a long time.
My mistakes remind me just how bad my choices can be and they keep me more humble. No one is exempt.
Lot’s story in Genesis 13 has me wanting to yell, “Stop! Bad Choice! Don’t do it!”
Abram (later renamed Abraham) and Lot were nomads travelling around together at this point with their families and their herds of animals. Their group got too large for the amount of food and water available so Abram talked to Lot about splitting up. Abram gave Lot first choice of land.
Of course, Lot chose the fertile ground of the Jordan valley leaving the less desirable hill country of Canaan for Abram.
Bad decision, Lot! Lot settled his family and flocks by Sodom which was such a wicked city that God later rained fire on it and destroyed it. Lot’s decision to live there eventually caused him to have to flee, losing his wife along with everything he owned.
On the surface, it looked like an easy decision to live in a great location. But the consequences of this decision were monumental.
It shouldn’t have been that easy. There were lots of flags telling Lot that was not the best place for him. He either chose to ignore them or didn’t even think that hard about it.
Lesson learned – many of our decisions should not be as easy as we think they are – especially if we want to avoid the negative consequences of a bad decision.
Please give us wisdom, Abba Father.