(Genesis 13:1) And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. (13:2) And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. (13:3) And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; (13:4) Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. (13:5) And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. (13:6) And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. God has promised in His word to bless those who are in covenant agreement with Him. Those who are committed to obeying His commandments, keeping His statues and laws that His has established in accordance to His written word, and those words spoken by His prophets and seers. No one can curse that which God has blessed, it will not prosper and their words shall fall short and shall not accomplish the evil intent that it was sent to perform. Yes, our blessings can be hindered and obstructed,even diverted because of our own ignorance, procrastination and disobedience.
When Abram set forth to go out of Egypt he took with him all that he had, including his nephew Lot, and God blessed Abram to become exceedingly great, powerful and wealthy in goods and materials. But he also blessed his kinsman Lot who followed him, until there wasn’t enough room in the land to contain them both. This is the plan of God, to bless us and our families with an over abundance that there won’t be room to contain it in one area. I have noticed throughout the years how the Jews and Arabs have prospered and are able to set up their own communities with housing, clothing and grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, medical professions and other businesses. They become self-sufficient within their own culture. Many have their own school systems and banks. They are living under the blessing of their Father Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Yet many of us have not learned the value of family, or having an inheritance set aside for our children, and children’s children.
As soon as we begin to prosper and become wealthy and successful, we allow strife, contention, discord, jealousy and hatred to rear their ugly heads and segregate and divide us, thereby making us vulnerable to outside forces because we no longer are bound together by loyalty and commitment as a family, and this opens the door for others to come in and bring further division and animosity within the relationship that ultimately breaks or destroys the family unity. Where there is unity, there is strength. While it may not always be in our best interest to have our family and loved ones involved in our everyday business and personal affairs, we must not alienate ourselves from those who are part of our blood line. For when trouble comes, who will we have to come and rescue us if we remove ourselves from the very ones who God has put together as family to cover and protect one another?
(Genesis 13:7) And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. (13:8) And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.(13:9) Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. (13:10) And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Although Lot physically separated himself from his kinsman due to the contention among their herdsmen, Abram stood in the gap for Lot more than once, when he and his family were captured and taken hostage, Abram gathered his kinsmen and servants and went to rescue his nephew. (Genesis 14:10-16) When the Lord appeared unto Abram with a plan to destroy Sodom because of the wickedness of the people residing within, Abram again stood in the gap and petition the Lord to spare Lot and his family. (Genesis 18:16-33) Love should compel us to do what is right in the sight of God, for Love covers a multitude of faults and enables us to strengthen those who are weak, pray and motivate those who are discouraged, defend those who are vulnerable and helpless. Yes, it may be a challenge but it just might save the lives of the ones you love.