So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” (Genesis 13:8-9)
Have you ever had one of those “pity party” moments, when you were feeling sorry for yourself? You were thinking, “God is just not blessing me the same as He is blessing __________.” We have the tendency to play the comparison game and somehow think God is playing favorites, especially when we feel we have been overlooked, avoided or maybe even dismissed by the King of Kings. Real faith doesn’t travel those backroad, dusty, angry roads. Instead, it travels down the road it is on with great confidence.
It is curious that Abram allowed his nephew Lot to make the decision on where he would plant his life. Because both of them had flocks to tend, it would appear that the best place for a sheep herder would be the best grazing pastures. That is exactly what Lot chose! He picked the most fertile, productive land he could see. Unfortunately, he didn’t take the time to examine the people in the land. Judging by outside appearances can lead even the most experienced individuals into deep weeds.
As his nephew chose the apparently best fields, Abraham had peace to take whichever direction was open. He did so with amazing confidence and peace. Where in the world did he get that? It surely didn’t come from the world. Instead, it came from the promise God had given him when he first started the journey with the Lord (see Genesis 12). God had promised him that he would be blessed, and that was enough for Abram. You know, it should be enough for us, too! Trust that whatever path the Lord has for you today is His best for you. Refuse to look over your shoulder to yesterday.