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Genesis Chapter 13, Children of God, Who's Watching?


Chapter 13, Children of God, Who's Watching?

According to Isaiah 49:5-6, the Jewish nation will be a light for the gentiles that salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. As children of God, we are also called to be a light to others. It should be no surprise that someone is always watching; in this scenario, the Canaanites and Perizzites are watching how Abram and Lot would resolve their family issues. Genesis 13:5-8, states "Now, Lot who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, but the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herds and Lot's. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at the time. So, Abram said to Lot, let's not have any quarreling between you and me or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives."

Abram's wisdom shines through, verses 9-11, states, "Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company, if you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, then I'll go to the left. Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordon toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. So, Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company." These verses are filled with many lessons.


We will stay on one path; as believers, we are called to be a light in the world (Mathew 5:13-16.) Our Heavenly Father equips and empowers us with His Holy word to ensure that we are afforded the option of choice. Similarly, to the way, Abram allowed his nephew the opportunity to make a choice. We are not alone. We can always ask God for guidance through the Holy Spirit at any time. Choosing God's way may feel a bit foreign at first; for example, when he asked Abram to go to a land that I will show you or wait for the blessings that I will bestow on you at the right time. And yet, when we weigh out the options, His way is the only true way. God's blessings on Abram's life continues for the rest of the chapter and are visible today. In verses 14-18, "The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him. Look 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. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust. Then your offspring could be counted. Go; walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you. So, Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched tents. There he built an altar to the Lord." Remember to build altars to the Lord filled with your sacrifices of pain, praise, uncertainties, insecurities, and thanksgiving. As a celebration of your relationship with God. Altars in today's world may look differently; they could be on your knees by your bed, or in a prayer closet, or a journal entry; whatever your altar looks like, remember God.


Remember God Loves you, and so do I.

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