8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not argue with each other. The people taking care of your herds and those taking care of mine shouldn’t argue with one another either. After all, we’re part of the same family. 9 Isn’t the whole land in front of you? Let’s separate. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right. If you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” 10 Lot looked around. He saw that the whole Jordan River valley toward the town of Zoar had plenty of water. It was like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. 11 So Lot chose the whole Jordan River valley for himself. Then he started out toward the east. The two men separated. 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan. Lot lived among the cities of the Jordan River valley. He set up his tents near Sodom. 13 The people of Sodom were evil. They were sinning greatly against the Lord.
Living amoung the unfriendly nations, the herdsmen of Abram and Lot should have stuck together to help each other. But, they argued, they quarreled as their property was so great.
Its a bit like today’s Christian world, for any reason (jealousy!), believers — people, pastors, churches wrangle or disagree with each other while Satan is around us.
Lot’s greed is revealed totally by his choice. He took the best part of the land without any consideration of his uncle Abram, who looked after him all the way from Ur to Canaan. I am not saying we cannot choose the best things around us, but without seeking God’s will/direction or considering other people’s need, we can also be led into self-centredness.
Finally, Lot’s decision was based on what he saw with his eyes. He did not care that the place he was choosing, is near the Sodom (sin-city and destroyed by God later).
Dear Lord, thank you for putting the story of Abram and Lot here. It’s a great reminder. Abram made a right choice by his faith on You. Holy Spirit help me to become a love-centered, not self-centered person. Open my spirital-eyes to see the world and make right choices according to your will day by day. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu