Genesis 13 is about attachment…
attachment to the things of this world.
On one side we have Lot who liked greener grass. He chose a spot to live in that was more urban, filled with activities for Him and his family. He chose an area that gave his family opportunity to do, to be…
Abram didn’t choose, he was unattached from all the things that influenced Lot’s choice. Abram left the decision for where he should go to God…
not to reason.
One of these wound up losing His family…
the other wound up starting a Nation that would usher in the Messiah.
It is better to live in the will and blessing of God than to put your faith in opportunities and position.
This is a hard lesson to learn, and a hard principle to live by.
It’s not what benefits you that should drive your decisions… its something more. Something more eternal than that. We miss the blessings and will of God when we choose to purse the opportunities this world has to offer. We paint a compelling picture when we say “it’s best for us” it’s best for our family” “we would be better off if we do this” its hard to argue with that and makes it tough to really see what God wants and what He thinks is best for you and your family. When we live with a “it’s about what benefits us.” mentality we will miss privilege of following God. We miss the privilege of being in a position He could place us in to be used mightily by Him.
“What benifits me” is destructive and no one sees the destruction until it is upon them and they find themselves enslaved to it.(Genesis 14)
But once we are over taken and in trouble the ones in our lives that are attached to God and have been unatached from the world and what it offers… show up at an opportune moment to free us from the enemy. (Genesis 14)
This is grace
This is Mercy
This is Love.
When this happens will we change our ways?
Most do not
Most go back to living the same way they did before.(Genesis 19) In the realm of personal opportunity and the ones that saved our hides go back to living in the will and service of God.
Soon there is more trouble for us than ever before. And not realizing how bad the environment we live in is God steps in, but just because someone prayed for us to be spared. (Genesis 18) Who is the prayer? Probably the one that has always stepped into rescue us so many times in our lives. The one that loves us even though we view them as worthless. The one that really understands that this life and its opportunities are passing away.
The one that always gives 10% to the Lord and is unattached to the 90% they could keep.(Genesis 14) The one that believes God will take care of them and leaves it to Him to do so. The one that finds a place He wants them to serve at and they stick with it and God uses them to make it a better place.
Lord help me to live like Abraham and keep me from pursuing a life that benefits me.