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If you look at the Old Testament story of Lot (Genesis 13-14, 19), you’ll see a cautionary tale of how quickly life can get out of control when our bad decisions start to snowball. Where did things start to go wrong for Lot?

It was when his uncle Abram gave him the choice of where to live:

10 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. Genesis 13:10

Lot couldn’t get past what his eyes saw, because what you set your eyes on you begin to value. This is completely contrasted with Abraham, who didn’t go by what his eyes saw. Here’s how the writer of Hebrews put it:

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

Abraham lived by faith, Lot lived by sight. The reason it’s so dangerous to simply live by sight is because the eyes are deceptive, and whatever you set your eyes on you begin to value. Once Lot saw the plain of Jordan, he couldn’t get it out of his head.

So, what are you choosing to put in front of your eyes? Is it God’s Word, or is it television? Is it God’s Word, or is it your phone? Whatever you put in front of your eyes, for better or for worse, that’s what you begin to value. So be careful.

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