5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
Genesis 13:5-13, NKJV
Abram and Lot
Decisions, decisions! How do we make decisions? In Genesis 13 we find that Abram and Lot have been so blessed by the Lord with their own herds and flocks that the land is no longer able to support them both. Also, there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock.
Abram shows his incredibly gracious spirit when he approaches Lot.
“Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
As Abram and Lot look over all of the lands that are available to them, Abram encourages Lot to separate from him and to choose the land he would like. What a gracious offer! Abram could have taken the best for himself, but instead, he gave Lot the first pick of the land.
Do we find that same gracious spirit in Lot? No! How did Lot make his choice? Lot looked over all of the plains of Jordan and saw that they were well watered. He did not consider the other inhabitants of the land and the influence they might have on him as well as the other members of his family. So, though it looked as though he had made the better choice, we find later that this choice caused some very tragic results for him and his family. Verse 13 adds, But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
How do we make choices? If given the opportunity to move elsewhere, what do we consider before making our choice? All too often, we tend to look only at the financial aspects of the choices we make. If a move looks to put us in a better financial state, we do not always look at other dynamics the move may create in our lives. Do we consider the church situation of a new location? Do we consider family dynamics? What may look good on paper, financially, may not always be the best choice for us to make.
Actually, in any choice we make, our first consideration should be our relationship with the Lord, not only just for us but for our family as well. How will a move affect our spiritual life? It may be a better choice. If we find ourselves currently in a place where we do not have a good church or good Christian friends, perhaps a move would be a good choice. Having good Christians friends and a faithful church provides the opportunity for strengthening our faith and growing in the Lord.
We need to remember that it is God who provides for us. I know we all understand that, but realistically we tend to think of our employers as providing for us. Yet, it is God who understands our true needs, physically, spiritually, and financially. God will give to us what we need, which is often not the same as what we want. As parents we do not give to our children everything they want, but rather, we give them what we believe they need most.
As we continue on in Genesis 13, we will look at Abram's relationship with God. What happened to Abram after Lot left? How did Lot's leaving affect Abram?
What a blessing for us to read of these accounts which occurred thousands of years ago and find so many applications to our daily lives in this, the 21st century.
May we find our hearts and lives grounded in the Word of God. May we desire, most of all, to bring honor and glory to this amazing God we serve, every single day of this life that He grants to us. And, how we long for the day when we will meet the Lord Jesus Christ face to face--never to be separated from Him again.
God Bless You,