January 18
Genesis 13:1-12

You choose!

After a time, Abram went back to the land of Canaan with his wife and his nephew Lot.

God had blessed Abram with many sheep, goats and cattle. Lot also had some flocks and herds. They had so many animals that there was not enough land for all of them and Lot’s shepherds started quarrelling with Abram’s shepherds.

So Abram said to Lot, “Our men should not be fighting among each other. We must separate.”

Then Abram let Lot choose the land that he wanted. When Lot saw the fertile valley of Jordan, he chose to move there, while Abram stayed in Canaan.

Should one always let others choose first?

If you were given two slices of cake to share with a friend, would you let your friend choose a slice first, or would you take the biggest and hand the other to your friend?

Abram could have decided which part of the land he wanted. But instead, he trusted God to bless him, no matter which part of the land Lot would choose.

If you have something to share, you have the right to give what you want and keep what you want. Remember though, that the Lord loves a giving heart because He Himself is generous—He loves to pour out His blessing on us.

Even though we seem to lose out by letting someone else choose the best, we will always end up with a far greater reward from God.

Verse for today

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33