THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM
After the separation of Lot from Abram, the LORD reappeared to Abram. Genesis 13:15-17 reads “And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, Lift your eyes now, and look from the place where you are-northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” What I could make out of this repeat of the blessing of Abram was the fact that the verse says “after Lot separated from him”, which means that God approved the separation and also reemphasized that the blessing was for his descendants.
God is a merciful God and his mercy endures for ever. Abram was learning to walk with God, and the fact that he took Lot with him on this journey and disagreement and bitterness arose between them was a lesson for Abram. It was a food for thought and he would have blamed himself for bringing him along. It is good to know that God overlooks our shortcomings many times. He did overlook the time that Abram went to Egypt instead of staying in the land of Canaan, and now there was a practical demonstration that the land of Canaan was not for Abram and Lot together. God knew what He was doing when he told him to move away from Haran to where He could multiply his descendants like the dust of the earth. God also told him that the promise He made with him initially still stands and so he should walk through the land and that the land belonged to him.
I hope we are getting to know God too as we are walking through with Abram as he moved from place to place and also made some mistakes. We can see that it is only God that is perfect and Holy, and still accommodate our sinful nature and always ready to correct us He does not like our sin but he finds a way to make us see our foolishness when we are not doing what is right. So we should endeavor this year to examine ourselves and find out those little “foxes” in us that might be responsible for some difficulties that we face. God wants us to be like Him by doing what pleases Him (living a righteous life). Also as we move along with God of Abram and remember the promises He made for Abram, we that serve God today are serving the God of Abram. His promise that the whole world will be blessed through him still stands. If you believe this you should remind God about your own blessing if you are not already enjoying it. He said in John 10:10 that He (Jesus) came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Isaiah 1:19 also says,” if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” His words are forever settled in heaven. Let us continue to walk with God as Abram was walking and learning step by step on how to depend on God. I am also learning too as I am reading along and the God that sees all of us will make Himself known to us in Jesus Name.Amen. God bless you all.