Monday, March 4, 2019
We are currently studying the subject of faith. The primary Biblical illustrator of faith for us is Abraham. Take a moment to read this story from his life.
Genesis 13:5-11 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time. So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 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.” Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company.
Here are three faith lessons I learn from this story:
- Lot was selfish. He had made the great journey from Ur to Canaan on Abram’s bootstraps. He had gained his wealth and prominence by following Abram. Yet when a problem developed, Lot showed no humility and gratitude, but rather took advantage of the situation to further his own objectives. In such a situation I would hope that we would respond with humility and faith in God’s ability to provide for us, rather than with self-serving choices.
- Abram was a man of faith in God’s Word. He has just been through a learning experience in Egypt, and when he returns to Canaan he builds an altar and calls on the Name of the Lord. He is reminded again of God’s incredible promise and that he is to walk by faith every day. He passes the first test that arises with flying colors. He totally trusts God with the outcome of the land dispute and gives Lot the first choice for his flocks and herds. Afterwards, God affirms His promise, and rewards Abram’s faith by giving him not only the land He was left with, but all of the land Lot had just chosen as well.
- Abram was a content man in his faith. Lot chose city life, with all its pleasures and conveniences. Abram was left with his tents. Immediately he built another altar to the Lord, content in knowing that God would fulfill His promise. The walk of faith would be challenging as he moved through the length and breadth of the land to experience the fullness of God’s provision. He did not allow himself to be sidetracked by fleshly desires and worldly allures, as did Lot. When we are on God’s path of faith, moving through the entire coverage area of His provision, we can be content knowing that God is fulfilling His purpose.
You have probably heard these lessons many times before, but they are great reminders for us in our current situations. In every circumstance of our lives there is the potential for faith-walking or sight-walking. Sight-walking is selfish, and ends in destruction. Faith-walking is fulfilling, and ends in honor and glory. Make your choices accordingly.