When we trust God and make that choice to follow himp it changes everything! The story of Abram and Lot gives us a good picture of this. Abram was called by God to leave his country, his family, everything that he had built his life on and go. God was leading him to a new place and he would then use Abram to build a nation that would in turn bring a Savior to us, Jesus Christ.
Abram and Lot approached things differently. Abram followed God and Lot followed Abram. There is a lesson for us as to what it means to wholeheartedly trust God, like Abram.
Remember the Journey
You are the result of many different experiences. The way you think, the way you talk, the things you like to do, the way you view God, all are a result of various pieces of your journey. We need to remember what God has done in all of those.
Abram is on a journey in Genesis 13.
From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.- Genesis 13:3-4
He leaves Egypt and he heads to a new land. It was a land that he had been in before and had worshiped God in before. God had been faithful to him and had called him again. In response he goes and worships him at the same place.
This would be something of significance to Abram. A place where he had, at one time, dedicated his life to God. Now in the midst of the unknown, he does the same thing.
We all have times in our life where we feel close to God and we are totally committed. Then something happens to confuse that. My first church was like that for me. (read the story, if interested, in the Sunday Series titled “Life Transitions”) It was not a fun time in life, but it was formative. What do you do when something awful happens?
For me, I went back to that place in my mind where I told God yes. I agreed again that I would stay the course.
Abram did that. He remembered the times he was close to God. There are highs and lows in life. Abram trusted God wholeheartedly and wasn’t afraid to put it all on the line in order to follow God.
Refuse to Get Sidetracked
Abram was on a mission from God. He had a command and a promise. Lot just seemed to come along for the ride. It didn’t take long for the riches that both of them had to become an issue. The land just wasn’t big enough for them all. There was not enough water for live stock and they were fighting over it. These can become side issues that very quickly distract.
Everyone carries a bunch of stuff with them and any of those things can create a side issue. This conflict just highlights where it can ultimately lead. We all are people and we all can get into arguments with people. Take a look at how he handles these issues before they become big issues.
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. – Genesis 13:8
Abram did not want to get sidetracked by a fight. He wanted to glorify God and follow Him instead. So, he decided that he would let Lot choose which land he wanted and then he would take the other side. They did not need to fight, they needed to stay on task.
Staying on task, staying focused on who we worship, and all not all the things that can pull us away, will help us to wholeheartedly trust God.
Prioritize God’s Leading Over Own
We know what it means to prioritize something. Lot looked out on the land and saw that one area was much nicer than they other. In fact, it was well watered and had everything he needed for his own stuff.
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, – Genesis 13:10
On a practical level it makes perfect sense for him to take that land. But, there is a difference in his approach to the approach of Abram. Lot just took what he wanted, God gave Abram what He wanted. God led Abram, Lot lead Lot.
Abram was concerned with God’s glory and Lot wasn’t. In fact, after Lot leaves, God once again speaks to Abram and reminds him of the promise. Abram responds by worshiping God again.
So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron,where he built an altar to the Lord. – Genesis 13:18
Will you choose to follow only God wholeheartedly? You can make decisions that will affect your life for years to come. The most important is to trust Jesus Christ and follow Him alone.