Scripture: Genesis 12-15. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God promised to bless Abram and make his life great if Abram promised to do what God told him to do. God wanted Abram to leave his home and familiar surroundings and travel to a new land where God would build a great nation from his family. After famine had struck Canaan, Abram went to Egypt. Abram’s intent was to deceive the Egyptians because he feared that they would be after his wife and kill him. Abram asks his wife Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she was only his sister. After God punished the pharaoh, Abram and Sarai were escorted out of Egypt back to the land God wanted them to have. Since Abram and his nephew Lot were both very prosperous, the land couldn’t support both of them so they parted ways. Lot chose the easiest lifestyle and most fertile ground but was closest to the more sinful city of Sodom. War broke out through the land, and Abram had to rescue Lot and his possessions. After this, God made a covenant with Abram and told him that all of the land he inhabited would be in his family forever and that he would have many descendants.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Is God leading you to a place of greater service and usefulness for Him? If so, you don’t want to miss out on God’s plan for you. Many believers find that when they follow God, great obstacles sometimes get in the way. When this happens, we need to wait upon God and trust that what He is doing is best for us. Abram’s example with Lot teaches us how to respond to difficult family situations. First, we should take the initiative to resolve any conflicts, and, second, we should put others above ourselves and give up what we want. Thirdly, we need to put family peace above our own personal desires, no matter how tough it is. We always want to make the right choices and go in God’s direction instead of going in the wrong direction. A right relationship with God is based on faith; God’s promises are beyond our imaginations.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we pray that You will help us to trust Your plan for our lives, even when Your plan doesn’t seem like it’s possible, in our minds. When we come across difficult family situations, please help us to put others before our wants and our needs. Guide us in the right path for our lives, and please help us to have faith and trust in everything You do. If You call us in a different direction, please help us to obey. Thank you for this beautiful day, and thank you for loving each and every one of us – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.