Saturday, August 31, 2019

But Selfishness Not Rewarded - Devotion on Genesis 13

Scripture: Genesis 13:10-11
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.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east.

Abram gave Lot his choice, even though Lot was the younger of the two men. And what did Lot do? Did he return Abram’s generosity and deliberately choose the lesser of the two options? Did he give deference to his elder and agree to Abram’s plan but insist that Abram choose first? No, he took the best parcel of land for himself.

Of course, he did so not knowing what would happen to that area very soon afterward. He ended up fleeing for his life, and that without all of his cattle and possessions. His selfish choice ended up costing him everything, even his wife.

We never know what’s ultimately going to happen when we make our choices, but God does, and He never rewards selfishness. Even if God had not destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, it is still Abram that He deeds the land of Canaan to, not Lot.

How can you show deference to others in your choices? Put others first, and watch how God puts you first.

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