So many times in life we are faced with difficult decisions. Abram and Lot were both being blessed beyond measure. They had walked in faith and as a result, God had grown their fortunes to a point that they could no longer live in the same place. It was causing problems between them and between their workers. So Abram told Lot they must separate. But, in faithful form, Abram said you pick where you want to go and I will go elsewhere.
Lot, picked the lush plains of the Jordon river. It was the hip and happening place of Canaan. the lands were lush, the city life hopping and people were absolutely evil. Abram took the hills far from sin. In Abram’s mind, God had shown himself faithful time after time. So wherever God put him–that would be great. In the days ahead, God proved Abram correct.
In our lives, we are constantly faced with choices regarding following the pattern of the world or following the leadership of God. Often the choices seem small–food, entertainment social scenes or settings. Other times it becomes issues of life–jobs, home, family or marriage. In all cases, if we will simply believe God is the protector and provider, we can make the choices that honor him and allow him to prepare us for our mission here, and, our eternity with him. This life is simply not a sprint–it is a marathon. Our training to endure, pace and focus on the end prize will distinguish us from the crowd; and it will honor God and show him to the dying world.
Easy is rarely better and things that shine and sparkle are rarely the greatest treasure.
Trust God–and allow him to lead.
God Bless You
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 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 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. (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 people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.