While reading the Bible, I always find myself getting excited to read promises on blessings. Iím sure you have experienced a similar thrill in your Bible study. Thatís only natural for the Bible does say, The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. Proverbs 10:22. All of us want to be blessed by the Lord. For this we need to know the source of blessing and Abraham the friend of God leads us exactly to the right spot.
Abraham and his nephew Lot face a tight spot when the land seems inadequate to meet the needs of their growing herds. The only sensible thing to do was to part ways (Genesis 13:8). Though Abraham was Lotís uncle and had it in his power to choose whichever portion of the land he wanted, he keeps the choice open to Lot who grabs the chance and heads to the most fertile plain (Genesis 13:10,11). Abraham on the other hand settled in the land of Canaan (Genesis 13:12). Nothing here suggested prosperity. With only doubtful prospects of provisions for the days ahead, Abraham gladly, whole heartedly accepted what Lot rejected.
Abrahamís prospects seemed bleak. There was nothing prolific, nothing to desire in the land ahead. Not many would approve of Abrahamís choice. But in that dry land ahead, Abraham stepped in with faith in a God who had called Him and never failed Him till then. He moved into the least desirable estate showing visible signs of inadequacy with the invisible promise of God which was reveled to him soon after Lot left.
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, ďLook around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.ÖĒ Genesis 13:14 Ė 17
You might want to sympathize with Abraham for letting his selfish nephew get the best portion of the land when he could have chosen it for himself. You might want to think of Abraham as a nomad with no prudent decision making powers. It might look as though Abraham cut a sorry figure before his household, his servants by willfully giving up on the best.
Interestingly, this was not the only instance when Abraham gave up on lucrative propositions. When the King of Sodom offered Abraham the entire spoils of war, he refused to accept even a thread or a sandal strap. Now you might think Abraham was really crazy for doing this. Who would say Ďnoí to such an offer? Abraham did and there was a solid reason for his refusal. Abraham did not accept the Kingís offer for he knew that only wealth that comes from God would truly satisfy and not what comes from man. He looked for the hand of the Lord and not for shallow offers from mere mortals. (Genesis 14:22-24)
To Abraham, it really didnít matter whether he got the best or the worst part of any bargain. This was because Abraham always knew the source of his blessing was from God and not man. Abraham saw God as the Possessor and Maker of Heaven and Earth. That is why Abraham never really worried about the plot of land he would get or refusing the King of Sodomís riches. He knew that the God who called him would bless him even in impoverished conditions. For this faith which certainly did not go by sight, God blessed Abraham by making him one of the wealthiest men of his times and fulfilled all His promises to Abraham. Not only so God still chooses to be known as the God of Abraham.
All Scripture references have been quoted from the New International Version
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