Both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day (Genesis 19:36-38)
The wrong perception can lead to deception. How we view things, if not based in reality, can provoke us to do things we might regret later. In this story, the two daughters of Lot mistakenly concluded that they, along with their father, were the only humans left on the planet. That then led to a bizarre plan that resulted in an incestuous relationship. That incestuous relationship spawned two nations that would continually be a thorn in the side of God’s people. The point is that if we allow our emotions to define our reality disastrous decisions can be the result.
Have you ever made a decision while you were angry and then thought later that it was the greatest decision you ever made? Neither have I. It is very difficult not to give into emotions at times but, as God’s people, we can not be governed by them. Years later, Jacob and Esau provided a demonstration of this concept: Esau was the impulsive type who, in a effort to satisfy a craving, gave away something of eternal value. Jacob, on the other hand, was a temperate man, which is to say, he tempered his emotions with reason and fact.
So many people today give into their emotions, particularly when its fueled by cultural trends and mass media. “If it’s on the internet, it must be true” is unfortunately the mindset of many. As servants of the Most High, we must resist this trend and keep our eyes of our King and wholeheartedly embrace the truth of His Word. Remember, none of us can trust our emotions — they can deceive us. Our Father’s Word will always lead us to sound and trustworthy conclusions.
Blessings and Shalom,