Read Genesis 13
Focus on verses 8-9
Abram was a wealthy guy! Not just in flocks and herds, but with silver and gold. Apparently he was a good businessman, and he walked in the blessing and provision of God. So far there are two things we know about Abram: He obeyed the Lord’s command to go to a land that God would show him even though he did not know exactly where he was going, and when strife arose between the herdsmen of his nephew Lot and his own herdsmen because the land could not support them all – he took the high road.
Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” (v. 8-9)
He gave Lot the option – you pick where you want to settle – I will take what is left. Lot chooses based upon what his eyes and his mind tell him – Abram is left with what appears to be the more desolate wilderness land. The result? God visits Abram and tells him He is going to add posterity to his wealth as well, that Abram’s offspring will fill the land as numerous as the dust of the earth.
In the chapters soon to follow we will discover that Lot’s choice though it looked good in the short term – would lead to calamity for Lot and his family.
What do I take away from this? Trusting God involves obediently stepping out in faith even though you may not be able to see the whole picture yet, and relationships are more important than possessions, if we treat people right and put our relationship with God and others ahead of our concern for wealth and posterity, God tends to see to it that we find fulfillment according to His purpose.