"Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen.”
Sometimes things shift our way, and we begin to dream. Even dreaming big at times waiting for that particular blessing that we feel is in the bag.
But when it arrives it may be a a small trifle of what we expected. So we sulk. Get a bit upset wondering why this piece of pie is smaller than the others.
Genesis 12 records the covenant of peace that God made with Abraham and his heirs. Abraham became extremely rich and powerful because God blessed him. God chose him to be the man through who He would bless all the nations on the face of the earth. I'm sure Abraham was sure he had it in the bag.
I find it interesting that in the very next Chapter, Genesis 13, strife came between the herdsman of Lot and Abraham's cattle. Strife is the exact opposite of peace. God gave Abraham peace, and Satan went immediately to stir up strife. God wanted to bless Abraham, and Satan wanted to steal the blessing.
Sometimes God's abundance can cause problems that lead to strife. he had blessed Abraham and Lot with so many possessions and cattle that the land could not nourish and support them both. The Bible says that Abraham went to Lot and said, "Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsman." He told Lot that they were going to have to separate, so Lot should choose the land he wanted, and Abraham would take what is left. Abraham took a humble position to avoid strife, knowing that if he did what was right, God would always bless him. But Lot would have had nothing if Abraham hadn't give it to him. So he chose the best part: the Jordan Valley. Abraham didn't say a thing; he just took the land that was left. He knew God would bless him if he stayed in peace.
God took Abraham up on a hill and said, "Now, you look to the north, to the south, to the east, and the west - and everything you see, I'll give you." (vv. 14-15) What a great deal! God honored Abraham's humility and blessed him abundantly with fruitful land.
I believe that God's got a good plan for all of us, but prideful attitudes can prevent us from having all that God wants us to have. A negative output is one of the most important things we can work on to stay positive.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "trust you in the face of adversity"
Help me to meditate: on staying positive in all situations and prevent strife.
Teach me to be patient and know my blessings will come.
Remind me that I need your help.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.