SECURITY IN GOD
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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“Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Genesis 13:9

Self-preservation comes naturally to us. We base important decisions on what is in our best interest, but it is this attitude that lies at the heart of Lot’s life continually spiralling downward.



When Abraham and Lot returned to Canaan from Egypt, their caravans, flocks and herds had grown so large that the land could not support them both. This led to quarreling among their herdsmen and at Abraham’s suggestion, they decide to part ways. He first gives Lot his choice of land. Genesis 13:10 says, “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan towards Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD…” This lush, fertile land was naturally appealing to Lot, and, unsurprisingly, he chose it. Abraham settled for the harsher, barren land to the west.



While there is nothing wrong in wanting good land, the problem here is that Lot put his self-interest before God. Rather than acting on faith, he resorted to rational, self-centred thinking, detached from God. This is the natural tendency of a sinful heart, but as we walk with God, He shifts our attitudes to new, selfless ways of thinking that ultimately works to our benefit, regardless of how illogical it seems at the time.

Abraham, on the other hand, did not worry over how he would survive in a non-fertile land. His attitude was one of dependence on God, trusting Him to keep His promises. God reinforces His covenant with Abraham in giving him and his offspring all the surrounding land as far as the eye could see and making his descendants into a great nation as numerous as the stars in the sky. Where Abraham pitched his tents in Hebron, he built another altar to the Lord, demonstrating his trust and dependency on God.

Abraham’s selflessness is again seen when four kings from surrounding territories attacked Sodom where Lot had pitched his tents, and captured him and his possessions. Abraham could have adopted a “serves him right” attitude, but he gathers 318 trained men and rescues Lot and those captured with him, along with their possessions. As we grow in our relationship with God, we begin to develop the heart of God. When we hear of a need, we help in whatever way we can, even if falling into that need is a person’s own doing. Lot was motivated by self-interest and a desire for security, but what initially seemed like the best choice to him had almost cost him everything. Though our actions and attitudes might seem irrational to others, we can be content like Abraham, knowing our security lies in God, not in our circumstances.

PRAYER: Lord God, grant me the faith and courage to trust Your guidance over what seems logical to me. And thank You, Lord, for always being able to depend on You.


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