If we ask God He will help us make good decisions and choices.
Genesis 13 and 14.
When Abraham travelled to the land of Canaan, he took with him all his
servants and everything that he owned. He had lots of stuff,
because he was very rich and had lots of tents, lots of silver and
gold, herds of sheep, and herds of cattle! Abraham's nephew,
Lot had travelled with Abraham and the problem was that he also had
lots of servants, lots of goods and lots of animals.
Between all their sheep there was hardly enough grass and water to go
around. And before long, they realised that there just wasn't
enough for Lot and Abraham to stay in the same place. Even worse
their shepherds and herdsmen began to quarrel and fight over the best
It's not good for boys and girls to quarrel and fight is it? (Let the
). No it's wrong, so Abraham and Lot decided
that they would have to separate and stay in different places.
Since Abraham was older, he had the right to choose first where he wanted
to live. But he didn't want to argue over land, so Abraham allowed
Lot to choose first where he wanted to stay. Lot looked around and
saw the beautiful Jordan valley towards the East. "Hah!" he thought,
"That's the best land and now I will get rich!"
Poor Abraham was left with the rugged hills and not much water. But,
it was decided that Abraham would stay in Canaan while Lot would move
near to the city of Sodom. Lot couldn't wait to grab all the rich
fertile plains near Sodom!
Does it please God when we are greedy? (Let the children
respond). Well, don't you think Lot made a better choice than
Abraham? (Let the children respond). No, Lot didn't
realise that the men in Sodom were very wicked!
Abraham Rescues Lot:
Before too long a war broke out between the kings that lived near Lot, and
he and his family were taken prisoners and all their possessions were
stolen! When Abraham heard the terrible news he knew he had to do
something about it, because he was Lot's uncle!
So he called together 318 of his trained servants and set out to rescue
Lot and his family. Do you think your Mom and Dad would like to
have so many servants? (Let the children respond). Anyway,
with God's help, Abraham defeated those kings and rescued Lot, his family
and all their possessions.
Good and Bad Choices:
Lot didn't realise that he had made a very bad choice in choosing the
Jordan plains near Sodom. Because of all the wicked people there,
God destroyed the city with fire and all the bad people died. Even
Lot's wife became a pillar of salt and died when she turned back to the
city, and poor Lot lost all his possessions!
Abraham had made a good choice, and God said to Abraham after Lot had moved
away, "Look to the north and south, east and west. All the land that
you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make
your offspring as numerous as the dust of the earth. Go and walk
through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
God wants us to make good choices. If you choose to disobey your
parents, or be naughty, or shout and scream, those are bad choices.
If we ask God, will He help us make good choices? (Let
the children respond
Yes, God can help you to be good, and to listen to your parents and obey
them. You can choose be helpful, to be kind to other people and to
be polite. God can help you make good decisions and choices like
this, and then you will please God.
Think about the choices and decisions you made this past week. Were
they good? Or were they bad? (Let the children
Let's ask Jesus to help you make some good choices today.