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Read Genesis 13

All of us, at some point in our lives, have left home for the first time either to go to school or get married.  But what are some other reasons you may have for leaving your family?  Letís look at this Bible passage together and see what happens.

As we begin this chapter, Abram is coming up with his wife from Egypt to a region called the Negev.  He has become very wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold.  Now Lot, his brother, had been traveling with him.  From the Negev, he goes back to Bethel, where he had built an altar to the Lord.

Lot also had many flocks, herds, and tents.  But the land was not large enough to support all of their possessions if they continued to remain together.  Each of their herdsmen began quarreling with each other about this whole situation.  Finally, Abram told Lot that their arguing needed to stop.  Abram said they needed to separate.  Abram allowed Lot to choose which way he would go and Abram would go the other way.  So Lot decided to go east to the plain of the Jordan and Abram went to the land of Canaan.  But we are told that Lot was now going to be living near Sodom and the people there were very wicked.  We will see what happens to Lot a little later.

After Lot left, God reinstated His promise that all of the land that Abram could see would be his and would pass down to his offspring forever.  God said He would make his offspring like the dust of the earth.  If anyone could count the dust, that is how his offspring would be.  Then God tells him to walk the length and breadth of the land that He is giving to him.  Now picture this whole scene in your mind.  All of this land that he sees with his eyes, would be promised to his family forever.  On top of that, his offspring will be as plentiful as the dust on the earth.  In other words, his family will be too numerous to count.  Wow, what a promise!  So once again we see Abram building an altar to the Lord to honor Him for all his blessings to him.

Until next week, remember that God loves you and to always thank Him for all the blessings He gives you.  Only God knows what the future holds for each of us, but we need to be willing to trust Him with all the details.  Focus on living for each moment today, and let God handle all the rest.  May God richly bless you.

Posted: June 3, 2007 

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