In Genesis Chapter 13, a story is told about two men, Abram and Lot. Both men were blessed with an abundance of cattle, livestock, and herdsmen. They had so much, that they couldn’t live together on one piece of land. There were not enough resources to sustain all that both men had. To make matters worse, conflict arose between Lot’s and Abram’s herdsmen.
Abram told Lot that he wanted to keep the peace between them and amongst their herdsmen. In order to do so, he offered the land they currently inhabited for Lot to take and dwell in. Whichever portion Lot didn’t take, Abram would reside in.
Abram said, “If you go left, I’ll go right. If you go right, I’ll go left.”
Lot looked around at the land that was before him. It was beautiful and lush, watered perfectly from nearby rivers and streams. He chose this side of the land and him and Abram went their separate ways.
Afterwards, the Lord spoke to Abram and gave him instructions.
Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, as evident by this story. As I look back on my life so far, I can easily pinpoint how different events and circumstances led me to something greater. But I am human and sometimes my wants get ahead of me. When they do, I revisit this story to remind me to look from where I am now. God brought me here for a reason. It may not be where I think I should be, but it’s a step in the right direction to get me to where God says I belong. Oftentimes, it’s a fresh start, a new beginning or a different perspective that I need before I can move on to receive His blessing.
Take a look from where you are now. Can you see the path that God set before you?
Always Remember: Having God in our hearts, souls and minds is greater than anything a man on earth could provide.
Wherever we are, we should be content with what we are given.