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Friday, March 17 2017

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 13:9

In some cultures a younger person is expected to permit his elder to enter a room first. In others, the most important or highest ranking individual enters first. No matter what our traditions, there are times when we find it difficult to allow someone to choose first on important matters, especially when that privilege rightfully belongs to us.  

Abram (later called Abraham) and his nephew Lot had so many flocks, herds, and tents that the land could not support both of them as they traveled together.  To avoid conflict, Abram suggested they part company and generously gave Lot first choice of the land.  His nephew took the fertile Jordan Valley, leaving Abram with the less desirable land.

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.
-Jim Elliot

Abram did not insist on his rights as the elder in this situation but trusted his future to God.  "So Abram said to Lot, 'Let's not have any quarreling between you and me...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).

Lot's choice eventually led to dire consequences for his entire family (see Genesis 19).  

Today, as we face choices of many kinds, we can trust our Father to guide us in His way.  He has promised to care for us. He will always guide us in every choice we make.  May our lives speak well of You and honor You today.

Prayer for Today

Father, Your unfailing love and faithfulness guide us in every choice we make. May our lives speak well of You and honor You today.  Amen.

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