Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Getting ripped off whilst honouring God

I have just started a new reading plan on YouVersion based on the like of Abraham.

Already I am getting a fresh perspective on the greatness of this man and his Godly character.

Faced with conflict with his nephew Lot he put his relationship over his rights. Faced with the difficulty of feeding their animals. He allowed Lot to choose the land he wanted to live in before him. Lot chooses what he thinks is the best land for grazing and Abraham just accepts it and trusts God.

But just after he gets ripped off God speaks to him and gives him the most amazing promise.

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,15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.16 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.17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you." - Genesis 13 v 14 - 17

Time and time again we see Abraham building altars to God along his journey. Showing us again and again that his focus was on God first. Getting something from God far outweighs getting something from man.

Later we also find that even though Lot had chosen the "best" land and walked away, Abraham didn't think twice about going to rescue Him when he was captured at the battle of Siddim (14 v 12)

Then we find that on his return from rescuing Lot and winning the battle the first thing he does is tithe to
Melchizedek the King and Priest of God.

Honouring God was more important than holding on to his rights, doing what was best for his business, winning an argument or having more money.


Trudy J. Cardona said...

God is just amazing. An obedient servant receives everything that money and other material items cannot satisfy. Great blog!

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