• Pastor Stephan Hurkens

Success can Fail

So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right.

Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. Genesis 13:1-11 NIV

In looking at the life of Lot, the nephew of Abraham we can see how it is possible to have all the success in life, then lose it completely.

We are all faced with the temptation to live for the treasures of this world. Lot took the line of least resistance. We live in an age that has deified success. People are willing to pay anything for the brief enjoyment of success as determined by the standard of the world.

Lot had to make a decision. It was necessary that Abraham and his nephew had to separate. The decision that Lot made on this occasion was decisive for his entire life. It determined his destiny during his lifetime and it determined the message his life would have throughout redemptive history. His decision led to his destiny.

Behind every great success or great failure is at least one significant decision and most likely many other decisions in harmony with the first one. The first big decision leads to many other little decisions that point in the same direction.

When Lot made his decision, he did so without a proper appreciation of the values of what today we call Christian influence and fellowship. He pitched his tent in the direction that would mean the moral and spiritual downfall of his own life and that of his family.

Very difficult to be a true follower of Christ if we deliberately expose ourselves to compromising influences.

Today we see success as the size of our home, the number and models of cars in the driveway, the balance in the bank and how many people work for you or under your supervision. It is very difficult in our affluent society to avoid being covetous.

The best minds in the country devote themselves to the art of cultivating our taste and creating a demand for their product.

The biblical record does not indicate that Lot was a cheat or that he was dishonest. He simply made a decision concerning the direction that his life would take. He failed to count the cost of financial success when it involved moving toward a goal he had selected on a material basis alone.

Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. I am not sure that he intended to become the first citizen of that city. And he never intended to become as much a part of that wicked city as he and his family finally became. He drifted in that direction by degrees and finally, found himself firmly established there.

This is so true when we make our choices, we drift in the direction of our decisions.

When making decisions in life, consider who you are in Christ first and foremost. Where does He want to lead you to? Remember, He is the one who has the plan for your life. It is much better to live with God than to live among the cities of the wicked and drift away from His plan. You succeed if you stick to God and bring everything to Him first. Wait on Him and He will direct your path. Enjoy His blessings for your life.

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