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Focus Verses: Genesis 13:8-9, 14-17
Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me,
or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9
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." - - - 14
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your
eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16
I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if
anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
account of Abram and Lot going their separate ways begins and ends
with Abram building altars to the Lord and looking to God. His worship
and his trust went hand in hand. Faith in God is strengthened by a life
of devotion, worship, prayer, and thanksgiving.
their families and possessions became too large to manage together,
Abram offered Lot the first choice of where he would like to go. Lot
seems to have grabbed for himself what he thought would be the best
and most promising option. Abram trusted God to provide for him, and
God did not disappoint.
Response and Action:
time spent in worship and devotion to God will strengthen my ability
to trust in him. Living out my trust in God is an act of worship.
Trusting God to provide for me helps me avoid conflict and petty
quarreling with others. I don't have to fight and grab for my own
interests if I truly believe God is watching out for me.
Lord, help me to trust in you with all my heart and to not lean on my
own understanding. May my worship before you become the solid
foundation for the way I live. Instead of clawing and grabbing for
myself, teach me to trust in you for the things I need. Help me to
acknowledge you in every circumstance. Make my paths straight, and help
me to live in peace with others as I believe you are watching over me
and will be faithful to provide for me. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make
your paths straight.
Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard
by Paul Carlton Borgman