Genesis Day Ten

by Rev Joel Yong

Genesis 13:8-13
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.” And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.

What do you look for, when you look for a place to settle?
Lot looked at the land but not It’s people.
Superficially, it seemed to have much resources, but all it could yield, was worthless, when its inhabitants were evil.

Abram on the other hand, let Lot choose first, and took whatever that was left.
His security, rested not in terms of grabbing the land that yielded more resources first.
His security rested in God being there with him. He knew if God went with him, whatever the land was, did not matter.
What matters most, is God’s presence- even if it’s a land bereft of resources, God can still do something with it.

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

What about you?
What do you find security in?