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‘Let there be no strife between you and me…’ Genesis 13:8 NAS


Lot had it all planned. Uncle Abram was a good guy but he was getting a little, uh…old. Business was booming, the money was pouring in, and Lot wasn’t going to let his Uncle ruin all that.

So he drew up charts, plans, graphs and tapped away on his calculator. He’d take the best land and let his stocks and shares thrive, while Abram could have the second best land and put hope in that bizarre religion-thang of his.


In fact, Genesis 13 shows Lot picking the area of ‘Sodom’ as his choice of farmland. Abram chose to build an altar to God as his first action. Same genes; different values. Lot saw it as a get-rich-quick scheme. But what ‘Sodom’ entailed was about as far from godly principles as was possible.

Abram revealed his true colours by building himself a reminder of who God is. In effect, he says ‘my life’s wealth and security is dependent on God and nothing else’.

It’s hard when your values clash with your family’s.

If you feel pressured into have-to win-arguments-at-all-costs, then take a lesson from Abram and turn to God first.

He has you and your family’s best interests at heart.

In keeping eyes on Him and not winning petty faith-debates, you’re letting Him steer your witness.

What now?

Exodus 20:12 says, ‘Honour your father and mother.’ What if your family values differ from biblical ones? Ponder on how it is possible to respect your parents and, (if it’s a potential problem), not to betray your faith. If it’s difficult, drop us a message at[SJS1]  – we’d love to pray for you.

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Joy Ferdiz

September 12th, 2013

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