Dr. Dane Boyles
– The examples of men and women as
recorded in the Bible can provide
– From Lot we can also glean valuable
• The art of decision making.
• The importance of making proper
1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the
Negev, with his wife and everything he
had, and Lot went with him.
2 Abram had become very wealthy in
livestock and in silver and gold.
(Genesis 13:1-2, NIV)
3 From the Negev he went from place to
place until he came to Bethel, to the
place between Bethel and Ai where his
tent had been earlier
4 and where he had first built an altar.
There Abram called on the name of the
LORD. (Genesis 13:3-4, NIV)
5 Now Lot, who was moving about with
Abram, also had flocks and herds and
6 But the land could not support them
while they stayed together, for their
possessions were so great that they
were not able to stay together.
(Genesis 13:5-6, NIV)
7And quarreling arose between
Abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen
of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites
were also living in the land at that time.
(Genesis 13:7, NIV)
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any
quarreling between you and me, or between
your herdsmen and mine, for we are
9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s
part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to
the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the
left.” (Genesis 13:8-9, NIV)
10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole
plain of the Jordan was well watered, like
the garden of the LORD, like the land of
Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the
LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain
of the Jordan and set out toward the east.
The two men parted company: (Gen 13:10-
12Abram lived in the land of Canaan,
while Lot lived among the cities of the
plain and pitched his tents near
Sodom. (Gen 13:12, NIV)
• LOT’S CHOICE
– In the Book of Genesis, Lot is introduced
– As a Result of his choice, Lot suffered...
• War (Gen 14:11).
• Kidnapping (Gen 14:12).
• Oppression and torment by the citizens
of Sodom (2 Pe 2:7-8; cf. Gen 19:1-11).
• Loss of all his material wealth (Gen
• The death of his wife (Gen 19:17, 26).
• The shame of incest with his daughters
7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous
man, who was distressed by the filthy
lives of lawless men
8 (for that righteous man, living among
them day after day, was tormented in
his righteous soul by the lawless
deeds he saw and heard) (2 Peter 2:7-
• OUR CHOICES
– What choices do we make that greatly
affect our lives?
• The one that will affect your life more
than any other:
• THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW JESUS!
• Choosing your CAREER.
• Choosing your MATE
• Choosing your FRIENDS
• Choosing WHERE YOU WILL LIVE
– HOW CAN WE MORE LIKELY MAKE THE
• Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5-8).
• Seek advice from others (Prov 11:14;
• Whatever you do, do it for the Lord’s
sake (cf. Psalms 37:5-6, 23-26; James
15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the
Lord’s will, we will live and do this or
that.” (James 4:15, NIV)
– What should we do when we realize our
choice was wrong?
• Do what Lot did...
• Do what Peter did after he denied
• Do what Paul did after persecuting the
The Choice of Lot
– The example of Lot should serve...
• To teach us that making the proper
decision is very important.
• To warn us not to make our choices
Dr. Dane Boyles