Day 9 – Everybody Can’t Go
“And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and…of Lot’s cattle…And Abram said unto lot, let there be no strife…If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.” Genesis 13:6-9
It is only natural to want to take your family and friends with you to the place that God has called you to go. However, everyone does not have “the spirit of faith” and some may even cause you to never reach your destination or receive your manifestation. You must be very careful about who you take with you along your faith journey and who you even share your faith goals with. Joseph told his brothers his dream and they hated him.
In the passage above, God had told Abraham to leave the family and the place where he was and go to Canaan. God promised that he would bless him greatly, make his name great, and cause him to be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:4 says: “and Lot went with him.” God didn’t tell Abraham to take his nephew Lot with him. It may have been a “good idea” but it definitely wasn’t a “God idea.” Consequently, there started to be a lot of strife and disagreement between Abraham’s servants and Lot’s servants. Abraham quickly realized that he and Lot needed to separate in order for God to fulfill his promises in his life.
Sometimes we are hanging around people who are causing us to spend more time mediating strife than making progress. Sometimes we have people on our boat, like Jonah, who are causing it to sink. In such cases, separation for the purpose of obeying God may be necessary. However, remember a separation doesn’t have to be a tear. Notice how Abraham negotiated this separation. He told Lot to choose which land he wanted and whichever way he went, he would go the opposite and there will be no strife. This was a peaceful separation, not a tear.
Faith Stretching Exercises:
1. This may be a hard one, but I encourage you to evaluate who is within close
proximity and determine who may need to have lesser proximity.
2. Protect your faith by only sharing your faith goals and dreams with those who will
be in agreement and who wish you well.