This message was preached by Shoma Peter via zoom Word of Grace Church, on August 30th 2020. For the audio please click here.
a godly response to a conflict
We face different kinds of conflict in our life. As a Christian how are we supposed to respond to these conflicts? In today’s scripture, we will see how Abraham got into a conflict situation with Lot and how Abraham and Lot responded to this conflict. Let us thereby learn from Abraham’s godly response and mistakes of Lot.
Scripture for today - Genesis 13:1-18.
A. RESPONSE OF ABRAHAM
1. Abraham pursued peace
So, Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.
Abraham was blessed by God abundantly, but those possessions didn’t possess him. Being the eldest and having a promise from God concerning the land, Abraham could have taken the decision of throwing out Lot and his herdsmen from the land. However, he chose to pursue peace over prosperity.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Whenever we are in a strife always, pursue peace.
2. Abraham trusted in the Lord
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.”
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Abraham already had a promise from God. But after Lot left, God reaffirmed His promise to Abraham in detail.
Genesis 13: 14-17
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.
B. RESPONSE OF LOT
It is good to learn from the godly responses of our spiritual fathers. But it is also good to learn from the mistakes of others. Let us look into the mistakes that Lot did.
1.Lot walked by sight and not by faith.
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company.
We should always trust in God and walk by faith in every situation.
2. Lot chose to dwell near the ungodly
12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
The end result of this response was a downfall. Sodom was destroyed due to their great sin and Lot while running away from that place lost his wife and had to hide in cave with his daughters.
What do we learn from this message?
· Trust God.
· Never compromise spiritual well-being.
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