Day 5: Genesis 13-15
*Even if a place seems ‘idea’ based on looks, we have to dig deeper and see if it’s evil underneath (that sounds like a movie tag line lol). After Abram and Lot’s spat, Lot picked the best looking land, unfortunately that land was next to the evil
. Remember, all you
have to do to start sin is to look. Sodom Lot couldn’t
help but looking because he was so close. Sometimes the ‘physical’ best isn’t
the best spiritually.
Lot, though relatives, started fighting when they both
got very wealthy. There wasn’t enough land for them: their helpers were into
it. Wealth is very tempting, but like Abram/Lot, sometimes it causes more harm
Verses that Jumped Out at Me:
13:5-9—To keep from fighting, Abram let
Lot have first pick
of land. By rights, Abram should have first choice she he was oldest, but Abram
chose to suck up his pride and allow Lot. When
we are in a tiff with people, we need to choke down our pride and do what’s
14:23—Don’t forget, everything comes from God.
15:5—God’s blessings are far beyond what we can imagine.
15:6—A ‘right’ relationship with God isn’t about how many good works we do. It’s about our faith. I hate to say/think this, but there are good people in Hell because they didn’t have faith in God/get saved. Being Good is great! Wonderful! We should all try our best to be good, but don’t do it to get into Heaven. It doesn’t work that way. A man whose killed thirty people, but prays for Jesus to save him before his execution gets into Heaven just like a saved person who hasn’t even stopped a butterfly. It’s a hard concept for us to grasp.
Having faith will make us ‘want’ to do good works, but the works themselves won’t get us to Heaven.
15:16—I’ve always wondered why God didn’t just let Abram had
to start with and not go through everything they went through to get it. One
reason I’d never thought of is this verse. The Amorites weren’t wicked enough
to warrant their destruction yet. God knew they would be, but wouldn’t punish
them until then. They still had time to repent (or as many people in area
could, anyway). He knew they wouldn’t, but He gave them the time. I thought that was a powerful verse.
How many men did Abram have with him to defeat all of Kedorlaomer’s army (with God’s help of course)?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 16-18
*To find the reading plan I’m doing, click on the “Our
Plan for 2013” tab. Reading
*On January 31st, I’ll have a giveaway (I’m doing this at the end of every month). It will have to do with the reading (so I hope you’re keeping up ;) ) This month’s prize is an ebook copy of my book CROSSING THE DEEP and a $5 Amazon Gift Card