Abraham and Lot had so many sheep and cattle that it became necessary to part ways, for there was strife between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot. Abraham, being a man of faith told Lot to choose whatever land he wanted and he would take what was left. As Lot looked to the east he saw that the plain of Jordan was well watered he chose the fertile ground around Sodom. Abraham, on the other hand, knew that God would take care of him and his family and was content to live on the land that was left. This was not something that Abraham offered Lot out of his excess, water and grass were the basis of their livelihood, their success depended on it. But as we look at the outcome of their lives we can see that God rewarded Abraham while Lot was left to a different fate. How often today do we see this kind of sacrifice for others in the world, or even in Christian circles for that mater? What greater demonstration of our faith in the God of heaven is there than to place ourselves in a position that requires that we depend on Him? Jesus repeatedly turned His back on the riches of the world for the benefit of the people He loved and the glory of the Father. And we know the outcome for Him, He sits on the right hand of the Father.

David stated it very clearly in the 23rd. Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” As a true believer, we do not have wants beyond what the Lord has prepared for us. The difference here is huge and in the attitude of the true follower of Christ as compared with those who are nominal in their commitment. To be a giver rather than a taker is the most powerful witness to the world we have as Christians but for the most part we have fallen in with the greed that dominates society, striving and working to get ahead on our own strength. Shame on us!

There is an unseen hand to me,
That leads thro’ ways i cannot see;
While going thro’ this world of woe,
This hand still leads me as I go…(The Unseen Hand)

Is the Lord asking us for a deeper commitment to serve those around us?