January 12, 2019

JOURNEY OF LIFE (2)

Abram was called to leave his country, his kindred and his father’s house unto a land God would show him. Abram moved across from one city to the other until he got to the land of promise. Though he continued the journey as we saw yesterday, he retraced his steps back to the land of promise, a place  where he first had his tent and the altar. Genesis 13:3-4 reads thus, ” And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning between Bethel and Hai.  Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first , and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.’   So after the treatment he received from king Pharaoh and his people in Egypt, he went back to the place where God appeared to him and declared it to be the land of promise. Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. So also, Lot which went with Abram had flocks, and herds, and tents. (Genesis 13:2,5).

In this land there arose the first problem and that was between Abram’s servants and Lot’s servants because the land was too small for both of them. Verses 7-9 reads, “And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle, and the Canaanite, and the Perizites dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen, for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee, separate thyself, I pray thee from me, if thou wilt take the left hand, I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”  Do we recollect the instruction of the LORD to leave his kindred behind, but he took Lot with him (nephew). God that knows the end from the beginning knew why he gave us some specific instructions. God knew at that time that the two families would not be able to dwell together because the original people of the land were still there. What God planned for Abram finally came to pass, that is only Abram and his wife with their servants were supposed to depart from Haran leaving Lot behind. Lot had to separate from Abram in order for peace to reign between them.

This story is a case of another partial obedience which amounts to disobedience. When we disobey God, we face certain consequences and he is the only one that knows the type and measure of the consequences. The area that Lot chose led him to further trouble.  He could not go back to Haran where his relatives dwelt. Verses 11-13 reads “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east, and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent  toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked, and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.”  Living among the people that are exceedingly wicked had a terrible influence on him and his family. If Abram had left Lot in Haran, maybe he would not have been subjected to the kind of wickedness that he and his family were exposed to while living in Sodom. His family though rescued eventually did not have good ending. Therefore we need to learn from these life stories and make obedience to our God a priority. One might not get the reward immediately but certainly it will come and at times it is not palatable.

Therefore once again my appeal to all of us is to live for God. Let us run away from sin, the sin of partial obedience, the sin of knowing what is right but finding excuse not to do it, and many other sins that do not make our ways to please God. This year God is looking for those whose hearts are right toward Him. The Lord will circumcise our hearts and make it pure for Him in Jesus name, Amen. May the LORD answers our prayers in Jesus name, Amen. Stay Blessed.

 

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