Genesis 13:5-8: Meekness of spirit.
“5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 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. 7 And quarrelling arose between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time. 8 So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are close relatives.” NIV UK
‘While in Egypt, Lot acquired wealth and a taste for the world, and his temporal interests were partly Abram’s fault. God forgave Abram’s sin, but He did not prevent the sad consequences. We reap what we sow, even after we are forgiven. Abram’s first test of faith came from a famine; his second test came from his own family. Family tests are the hardest of all.’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word,’ p.24.
How many family rows there are about money! Sadly, how many family members fall out over a will!! ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a queue!!!,’ someone quipped. Attitudes towards money and possessions are great revealers of the heart. In this story, Abram exhibited a different, and better, spirit than Lot
‘’Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers’’ (8). It seems to me that this should be the attitude of Christians towards one another. Prize unity in Christ and work hard to kept it (Ephesians 4:3). This dispute did not start with Abram and his nephew, but when believers quarrel, there is a danger of leaders inadvertently, often unwillingly, getting sucked in. It’s hard for people to ‘fight’ without the spat affecting others in some way. Wiersbe points out too that this was happening before a watching world (7). When believers are divided this can hurt our testimony. It can tarnish our witness
Abram was a peacemaker. For him, harmony between the two camps mattered more than having the pick of the land. His attitude was right. His heart was good, and God wonderfully blessed him – as we will see.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for Abram’s example. Help me to value people and relationships above things.