I have friends who hate to make decisions. The bigger the decision, the worse the gridlock, to the point that they become virtually paralyzed. I’m sure that some of their struggle with making decisions comes from some past challenges as well as some current insecurities that hide in dark corners of their mind, coming out to haunt at the most inopportune times. So when I read this morning about Lot and Abraham, with Lot’s decision to live in Sodom, I think there could be some practical help available in this story for making decisions:
- don’t let circumstances be the fundamental reason for a decision: Lot chose land that looked appealing, but maybe he knew that Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t top grade choices for cities in which to live
- discuss conflict before making decisions: the whole reason for Lot to move was partially driven by a conflict between Abraham’s and Lot’s shepherds
- consider the choices that are available: from reading this story, it doesn’t seem to me that Lot considered all of the options that were available (exchange some of his cattle wealth for gold, come under Abraham’s leadership, create a partnership, etc).
- think about the consequences: I seriously doubt that Lot would have chosen to live in Sodom had he known more about the people who lived there
- Pray – when Lot made his decision, there’s no mention of him asking for divine input or guidance; in contrast, God was highly involved with Abraham, maybe because Abraham was obedient and highly esteemed / treasured God’s input