March 17, 2017
Read: Genesis 13:1Ė18
Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 30Ė31; Mark 15:1Ė25
Is not the whole land before you? Letís part company. If you go to the left, Iíll go to the right; if you go to the right, Iíll go to the left.óGenesis 13:9
In some cultures a younger person is expected to permit his elder to enter a room first. In others, the most important or highest ranking individual enters first. No matter what our traditions, there are times when we find it difficult to allow someone to choose first on important matters, especially when that privilege rightfully belongs to us.
Abram (later called Abraham) and his nephew Lot had so many flocks, herds, and tents that the land could not support both of them as they traveled together. To avoid conflict, Abram suggested they part company and generously gave Lot first choice of the land. His nephew took the fertile Jordan Valley, leaving Abram with the less desirable land.
Abram did not insist on his rights as the elder in this situation but trusted his future to God. ďSo Abram said to Lot, ĎLetís not have any quarreling between you and me . . . . Is not the whole land before you? Letís part company. If you go to the left, Iíll go to the right; if you go to the right, Iíll go to the leftí Ē (Gen. 13:8-9). Lotís choice eventually led to dire consequences for his entire family (see Gen. 19).
Today, as we face choices of many kinds, we can trust our Father to guide us in His way. He has promised to care for us. He will always give us what we need. óDavid McCasland
Father, Your unfailing love and faithfulness guide us in every choice we make. May our lives speak well of You and honor You today.
God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. Jim Elliot
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