Read: Genesis 13:1-18
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. Gen. 13:2
Are you comfortable? Are things going pretty well in your life, nothing to complain about? In our text today, we can see that that’s the case for Abram and his family. Our focus verse says it all: “Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.” Abram was doing great – why make a change? Could things really get any better?
As Abram and his nephew Lot travelled together, the blessed life they were living began to get just slightly uncomfortable. A little burr under the saddle, so to speak. I bet they could have worked it out in some way and just kept going, doing what they were doing. Why rock the boat? Well, because God had a different plan for Abram, and it was a better plan.
Abram graciously gave Lot the pick of the land and then took his family in the opposite direction and the Lord gave him a promise. God said, in verses 15-17, “All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
It would have been so easy for Abram to have just kept doing what he was doing – but he would have missed out on the greater plan and the promises that God had in store for him – and for the world. God’s promise to Abram was pretty amazing, but it wasn’t only for him. If he hadn’t stepped out in faith and changed directions, the repercussions would be felt into eternity!
So, let me ask again – are you comfortable? For some of us, God is nudging us in a different direction, but the comfort and security of our routine, of our situation, is holding us back. Is it possible that, like Abram, God is telling you to change directions with a promise that blessing lies ahead?
I’m sure that Abram had hesitations, that he did a lot of thinking and praying before he approached Lot about parting ways. But Abram trusted in God – his faith in God’s goodness overcame any fear he had and because of that, he was able to walk in the greater plan that God had for him.
Almighty God, I pray that you would increase my faith and that I would not be so comfortable in my current situation that I wouldn’t follow you when and where you call. I know you are good, Lord, and that you have my best interests in mind. All your ways are good. I love you, Lord! It’s in Jesus’ powerful name I pray, amen.