Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.
Comment: As the senior Abram had responsibility to deal with this problem of overstocking. He could have made a choice and Lot would have had to obey but Abram is very gracious and gives Lot first choice of where he would settle with his wealth. Lot’s eyes saw the well watered green pastures but he failed to see what was apparently well known. The surrounding people were wicked and against the God Whom Abram had chosen to follow. So Lot saw close up clearly, but seems to have ignored where his choice might take him to in the long run! You probably already know how this story ends for Sodom and Gomorrah are a by-word for disaster. It pays to chose wisely!
Prayer: Make me wise, even to the extent of asking You for added wisdom, in my life’s choices.