Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Are you taking notes of the faith walk in Genesis? Its speaking to me tremendously!
We see the separation of Abram and Lot in this chapter and there are several great lessons to learn in Genesis 13.
Abram and Lot were both wealthy when they returned out of Egypt and just like what normally happens, the money begin to divide them. Two people who were once inseparable begin to experience issues. Abram recognized the land could not support them both and their herdsman. So Abram went to Lot and talked to him about it. Abram noticed their quarreling was being observed by the Canaanites and Perizzites. You see folks take notice when saved folks can’t get along. People are always watching to see our reactions and how we handle issues. Its important to resolve strife and contention quickly…even if afterwards we must simply separate ourselves.
Verse 8 “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.”
Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD.”
Abram had a great deal of confidence because he knew, by faith, that no matter what Lot chose, God would fulfill His covenant promises in his own life. Abram didn’t get ahead in life by looking out for number one. No! It was God who exalted him because he placed the interests of others ahead of his own.
Lot was consumed with material gain and what he thought was the best choice, leaving ole Abram with the smallest part…or so he thought. Lots decision was based on his own selfish desire. I’m sure he prided himself in thinking he had got one over on Uncle Abram! In the end, Lot who sought the world …lost!
After the separation God made specific promises to Abram that seemed to be beyond reach…First, God would give the land to Abram and his descendants forever (13:15). Second, Abram’s heir would be his own seed (offspring; 13:15-16). Third, Abram’s descendants would be innumerable (13:16)….and here was the reality that im sure Abram looked at …..The land was under the control of the Canaanites and the Perizzites (cf. 13:7). The leftover grazing land belonging to Lot (cf. 13:11). He had no kid. Sarai, his wife
“Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD” (13:18)”.
Despite occasional failures, Abram was a man of faith. In the face of unbelievable odds, he builds an altar to the Lord. Do you know what he is saying by building that altar?
“Lord, I don’t know how it is going to happen. I don’t know how You are going to do it. It sounds impossible. But if You said it, I’m going to build an altar and trust You for the impossible!
Are you trusting God for something at this moment! Reread Genesis 13…and read it again and then say….
“Lord, I’m claiming Abrams faith as my own. I don’t know how you are going to do it. But if you said it. I believe it!!
It is so!