Tuesday August 14
“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. The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.” Gen 13:10–18
We pick up this story in the lives of Abraham and Lot where Lot, after tagging along with his Uncle Abraham for a long period of time, is told by Abraham that it’s time to part ways. They were both so wealthy in possessions that the land they were dwelling in could not support their families and livestock. What a problem to have!
So, with the whole land before him, Lot lifts his eyes to see where his heart longs to go. Naturally, Lot picks the land he believes is the best: the entire well-watered Jordan valley. I would imagine he was preparing to enter paradise in this moment. We see that the side he chose, however, was towards Sodom, a land full of evil and sin–but Lot prefered the land that provided him greater wealth, living not by faith but by sight. This move starts a downward spiral in Lot’s life that will carry out his legacy later in our story.
After they parted ways, we see God move in close to Abraham, granting him a beautiful promise. “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are…for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.” God saw a something in the heart of Abraham that was willing to give it all.
Abraham consistently failed and sinned, but he was quick to return to his love for the Lord. He was willing to give up his son just to obey the command of God, who he trusted and believed in (Genesis 22). Hebrews 11:8 says that “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
Are you living by faith or by sight? Is your heart positioned to go wherever God calls you, even if you don’t know where you’re going? Today I encourage you to evaluate your heart and see whether it is more like Lot’s or Abraham’s. Draw near to the Lord through prayer and watch as he transforms your life, magnifies your faith, and delivers his promise to you.
God, help me to live by faith, trusting You wherever You call me to go. I believe that you are faithful and good. Amen.