“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ( Philippians 4:19).
The story of Abraham and his nephew Lot who became so prosperous that once they had an interesting problem where their herdsmen started squabbling among themselves over land, is as instructive to us as then. “ Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.. Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s” ( Genesis 13: 1-7).
Once the matter was brought to Abraham, his response was not to inflame the war, rather he “said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left” ( vv 8-9).
Lot who was certainly less in tune with God took the initiative with horns, “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…So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company” ( vv 10- 11).
And as we know, while Abraham may have initially looked like had a worse bargain, it was not so, “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, .. all the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever… Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you” ( vv 14-17).
Sometimes we do run into those encounters where some more aggressive person is intent to push us to the edges. It can happen in everyday irritations like running into a most inconsiderate driver who wants to have the road to him, or, in consuming land tussles as we see here. Of course none would argue that believers should always give way, for there are times when one must take a stand for what God has given him. The Israelites still fight for the land God gave them to this day. Yet still there are those situations where one lets the nemesis have what is apparently the better portion and while he might seem to have lost out, only to be blessed by God mightily soon or later.
Prater today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, when faced with conflict I pray that I may put all my trust in you, for you have promised to take care of all my needs, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!