2011-03-14 - What Would Abram Say?
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. (Genesis 13:6)
We had to come up with some sort of solution. Lot and I both couldn't stay on the same land with all our family, workers, and livestock - too many fights were breaking out among the workers. There wasn't enough room for all of us to live comfortably and peacefully.
I knew this was not what God wanted. I took the initiative and approached Lot, and we talked about living independently. Even though Lot and I would be living separate lives, I was confident we would be there for each other, if the need arose.
I gave my nephew Lot first choice of what portion of land he wanted, and my people and I would go in the opposite direction. He took a long look and decided on Sodom's breathtaking land. Lot based his decision on the beauty and fertility of the land. He did not take into account the lifestyles of the residents living there, which was extremely sinful.
Lot was narrow-minded. I, on the other hand, stayed in Canaan. God informed me that all the land I could see would be mine. Not only would I be blessed with land; I would be blessed with descendants. It was too marvelous to believe, but I accepted God's words and gladly worshiped Him.
Lord, Help me to not make a decision too hastily. Let me look at all aspects, in order to do what is right. Even if my flesh does not approve, may I look out for others' needs before my own. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Could you have been as selfless as Abram? Why or why not?