13 Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev Desert. He took his wife and everything he had. Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very rich. He had a lot of livestock and silver and gold. 3 Abram left the Negev Desert. He went from place to place until he came to Bethel. Then he came to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier. 4 There he called on the name of the Lord at the altar he had built. 5 Lot was moving around with Abram. Lot also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land didn’t have enough food for both Abram and Lot. They had large herds and many servants, so they weren’t able to stay together. 7 The people who took care of Abram’s herds and those who took care of Lot’s herds began to argue. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
God was very much part of Abram’s life. He included in his travels returning to places where he had previously encountered God so he could remember and worship. A great idea. How do you remember moments in your life where God has done amazing things? Do you have a way to revisit those times regularly so you can be grateful and get your thinking in line with God’s view of the world.
Things were about to get tricky for Abram as his staff and Lot’s staff started working against each other rather than working together. Abram spending time with God as he started to work out what to do is a great example for us.
Thank you Lord that You engage with us in life and that we can look back to times when it was obvious to us. Help us to recognise Your influence in our lives even more than we currently do. Help us also to remember the obvious times regularly so we can build our faith and trust.
Written by Therese Manning