TEXT: GENESIS 13:1-18.
🔑KEY VERSE “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other” (GENESIS 13:11).

A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came, he will run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day, a neighbour asked the farmer, “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he will do if he ever caught one.” Many people are like the dog that was busy running after meaningless goals.

In today’s passage, Abraham left Egypt with all that he had and continued his journey which afforded him the lost opportunity of calling out the name of the Lord on the altar he had left unused because of his wrong choice of going down to Egypt where he fell victim to fear of man. Then the relationship between his herdsmen and those of Lot became strained.

Abraham wanted peace and he needed to make choices and take decisions. He talked to Lot about the problem. Lot could have learnt from the earlier mistakes of Abraham’s choices; but alas, he failed miserably. When he was given the opportunity to choose either to remain with Abraham or going separate way, he chose the latter. His choice led him to Sodom which eventually robbed him of all that he had.

Believers must be careful of people, places, positions and privileges that offer themselves readily, so they do not, like Lot, pursue goals and projects that will take them farther with the Lord and His work. Some are journeying down to Egypt in their marital, family and business life. Others are running away from their spiritual benefactors. They will do well today to watch carefully how you handle your life and situations. Remember, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Decision determines destiny.

BIBLE IN A YEAR JOHN 1-3.

MEDITATION

Abraham: An Old Testament Patriarch living out the New Testament commandments

  1. After blundering to Egypt, he came back to the place of his abandoned altar vv1-4.
    Q How strong is your altar of devotion, worship,consecration, prayer and quiet time?
    You should revisit, renew, rebuild or right the wrong in your altar Rev.2:5. The strength of your life is the strength of your altar and the first target of Satan.
    Lord I fully surrender my life to you and your service as a living sacrifice
    Lord, let fresh fire and anointing of the Holy Spirit fall on me and my altar
  2. Principle: “Follow peace with all men…” Hebrews 12:14. He followed this NT principle in vv5-11.
    Q What were the costly things Abraham had to forego in order to follow this holiness principle?
    Q What were the temporal and eternal losses of Lot for “playing smart” on the altar of covetousness? vv12,13, Genesis 19:26,39-38.
    Lord, give me the special grace to always be on the side of peace at whatever godly cost
    Pray for all families and church members that sin, self and Satan have stole their peace away
  3. Divine reward for the pure vv15-18.
    God was aware of the costly sacrifice Abraham made in order to “follow peace with all…” God gave him generational blessings even when he was not expecting it vv14-18.
    Note Abraham should not have asked Lot to follow him in view of Genesis 12:1. The partnership induced by family relationship became a problem and burden to both of them because God’s will was not done. Don’t go into partnership because of sentiments. Receive a clear leading from God

HYMN Let others see in you

  1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
    and others your life shall view,
    Be clean and pure without, within;
    Let others see Jesus in you.
    Refrain:
    Let others see Jesus in you,
    Let others see Jesus in you.
    Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
    Let others see Jesus in you.
  2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
    They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
    Say, does it point them to the skis,
    Do others see Jesus in you?
    Refrain
  3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
    Be faithful, be brave and true,
    and lead the lost to life and Christ.
    Let others see Jesus in you.
    Refrain