Word 4U Today

WE ARE FAMILY (2)

 

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

 

So in Genesis 13, we have a story that shows one family with two outlooks. Abram, driven by faith, is a giver; Lot, driven by security, is a taker. Out of respect, Lot should have looked after his aging uncle’s welfare rather than putting his own first.

Unfortunately he looks out for ‘number one’ instead.

Abram could have assumed his top-dog status and ensured that this scrap of a nephew knew his rightful place.

He doesn’t; he shows grace.

Read on and you’ll see that Lot’s denial of Abram lands him right in the middle of 24-hour party-island, where anything goes – including, sexual depravity, idol worship, and violence.

In the space of just six chapters, it’s destroyed. Good deal?

Abram, on the other hand, (who has through all this stuck stubbornly to his child-like faith in God) becomes a ‘father to nations’, as God promises him, ‘Look … northward and southward and eastward and westward … all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever’ (vv. 14–15 NAS).

Christian Life 101: it pays to stick to your Godly values. Good deal!

What now?

Ask yourself the tough question: Which do you value most – security or faith? If you’re brave enough, ask God to take away your comfort in order to lean more on Him.

Joy Ferdiz

September 13th, 2013

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