“Then He brought him outside and said: ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him: so shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:5-6
Much of our nation has new guidelines to adhere due to the Covid 19 virus beginning today. Social distancing is strongly encouraged and many are sheltering in place within their homes. Churches are creating new platforms to keep its members informed and connected within the fellowship. Crisis abounds seemly everywhere. There are two mindsets which people are personifying. They either adhere to the nth degree or remain lackadaisical in wake of what is occurring. You can be confident that Satan is using the mind of people to create confusion. Satan always creates confusion.
We have an example of social distancing given in the Bible. This morning I was preparing for this blog and reading the account of Abram found in Genesis. Within the account we learn that the prosperity of Abram and Lot grew so large that the men who worked for both Abram and Lot self induced a crisis among one another. Abram called unto Lot and the two men establish some boundaries moving forward. In Genesis 13, scripture records that Abram prayed unto the Lord (vs. 4). As the account continues; Abram informed Lot that his desire was for no strife to prevail among themselves because Abram placed importance upon righteousness and the gift of prayer to maintain brotherly love. We pick up the conversation in verse 10 where Lot “lifted up his eyes and saw all the plains of Jordan was well watered”. .
Without going into a much longer discourse of conversation surrounding this text; I want to invite conversation on three questions that I will present. First, how did prayer set the stage for Abram to demonstrate Godly wisdom when approaching Lot and their crisis? Second, how did Abram find peace in God by voluntarily permitting Lot to have the first choice of land? Lastly, how did God reward Abram for his action?
I am confident that we can learn much about our current events from this account. It is my prayer that we might approach our Lord first in prayer when dealing with current day issues to promulgate the Gospel. Please feel free to place comments to my questions. Grace and peace.