Genesis 13

Genesis 13 has Abram on the road to the new place the Lord was leading him to.  He had “his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him”.  Every thing he owned and had was with him on this caravan to a new land. They were traveling with livestock and money and journeyed past Bethel to the place where he had first made an altar.  He went to a familiar place “and there Abram called upon the name of the Lord”.  Where is your quiet place to seek the Lord?

Abram and Lot quickly figure out that the land was not able to support the livestock that both have with them and “there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock”.  Abram didn’t argue about who should get what.  He knew God would provide all that was needed so he asked Lot where he wanted to go settle – to the left or to the right.  And Lot “lifted up his eyes and….chose for himself all the Jordan Valley”.  Abram was the elder, Lot’s uncle, but allowed the younger man to make his choice first.  Wisdom indeed.

Lot chose to settle close to the Sodom, a place of wicked men and “great sinners against the Lord”.  Not a wise choice and it will come back to bite him in the future.  He had chosen the land that appeared to be the best – the valley of the Jordan River.  He likely thought he had taken the better deal.  But as is always the case, God has a better plan than anything man can determine on his own.  And after Lot departed and Abram is left with the land to the west, God reveals His superior plan.

Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you”.  Now that’s a promise of immense proportion.  Abram had just given the best of appearance to Lot, and now God has promised a blessing that is far superior.  God’s plan is always better!

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