Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Abram and Lot Separate
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.
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.
5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 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. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
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 brothers. 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."
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: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
When Abram and his clan left Egypt, he had become very wealthy, and it was time to go back to Canaan. When he went back, he took with him his nephew Lot. Lot’s father,(Abram’s brother,) had died when Lot was young, and Abram had been the father figure for him. Lot had also prospered.
After they got home, they realized that the land could not support both of them, as well as others who lived there,(the Canaanites and Perizzites.) Their employees started to quarrel amongst each other. Instead of banding together against their hostile neighbors, they decided to split. This still happens in families and churches today. We let petty bickering drive us apart, and when that happens we aren’t the strong force for God.
Abram did take the high road however. He saw things were getting bad, and instead of letting things get out of control, he suggested a split, and gave Lot the choice of where to go. Lot saw the plain of Jordan was well watered and that is where he choose. It also was well settled and the settlers were evil people. More foreshadowing of problems.
Do we have family problems that cause us to separate? If so, do we take the easy road and leave the rest for the others? This is not what God wants, so this must be what man wants. When we start doing things that man wants, we get into trouble.
Prayer-Lord, Help me stay at peace with my family and with my church. Give me the wisdom to see what is your will, and help me avoid what is only mine. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today-Read Genesis 13: 14-18. Are you striving to keep in harmony with your family? What can you do to make it better?