“Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.” Genesis 13:12
Lot moved his tent towards Sodom.
Abraham moved to Hebron and built an altar to the Lord.
From the very outset of their separation, it was clear what kind of future both men were gonna have. Lot pitched his tent toward sin city. He chose the land that was near the place infamous for sin and rebellion against God. It was well known to the people of that region that Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked. Lot intentionally lived there.
Abraham chose what providence gave him. He didn’t quarrel. He didn’t need to fight his way through his destiny. He believed that God was the one who calls the shots. He knew that wherever Lot chose to dwell, he would be living in the opposite direction. He was ready for any possibility. He knew wherever providence would lead him, it would be for the best.
Calm assurance. Faith that rests in the sovereignty of God. Healthy respect for the will of the God of heaven who knew better than his clumsy choices. Abraham knew where his true riches came from. He was willing to let God have His way. Whether he was to live near Sodom or far from it, he knew his security ultimately rests in the spiritual strength of the Almighty.
Lord help me to trust you that way. To be completely submitted to your will and to your sovereignty. Not to fight my way through my destiny. Not to force my way to success and victory but to be submitted to your divine will even if it means letting go of some things that look very promising and nice in human eyes.
Like Abraham, I want to bow myself down to you. Give me the grace to do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.