WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 13
As the chapter opens, Abram, Sarai, and the family are leaving Egypt. In verse 3, they go back to the very place they were before, where Abram built an altar to worship God and meet with Him. There are different times in our lives where we all tend to get off track and end up in places that we didn’t anticipate and maybe didn’t even intend to be. The question when we find ourselves there is are we going to stay there or not. The answer is we need to go back to the last place we met God and start over from that point.
Going back to the last place we met God and starting over promises us a fresh start thanks to God’s grace. Going back to the last place we met God and starting over doesn’t promise a life free of problems or conflicts or struggles. But going back to the last place we met God and starting over does promise us the opportunity to see things differently which allows us to think differently which allows us to act differently.
This actually plays out in this chapter. The land was not sufficient to provide for all the flocks and herds of animals that Abram had and his nephew Lot had. There was actually some conflict brewing because of this. Abram’s solution to the problem was to let Lot choose what land he wanted and Abram would go the other way.
In verse 10, the Bible says Lot “lifted up his eyes and saw”. In other words, he made a decision based upon what he could see. On the surface that probably doesn’t look to bad and it might even be what we have done or advised others to do. But in this instance, remember that the Bible doesn’t call us to live by sight but to live by faith. Lot made his decision by sight. By faith, Abram trusted God to take care of him.
If you are familiar with the story, you may know that in the days, months, and years ahead, things did not go well for Lot and his family. I don’t want to spoil this for you. We will read about it in the upcoming chapters. On the other hand, things went better than ever for Abram.
In verse 14 and following, God told Abram to look in every direction because the all the land he could see was his. That could cause some of you to put the brakes on. After all, I just busted on Lot for looking and now God is telling Abram to look. Here’s the difference. Lot used sight to make a decision. Abram used sight to see what the Lord had done.
God also promised Abram countless offspring. That must have sounded like a big promise since Abram and Sarai, at this point, were not able to have any children.
God then told Abram to go look around at all the land. Abram obeyed. And the chapter ends with Abram building another altar, this one at Hebron, to worship God.