May we avoid the selfish struggle of holding on to stuff too tightly!
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119:49 Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. 50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. 51 The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your instructions. 52 I meditate on your age-old regulations; O LORD, they comfort me. 53 I become furious with the wicked, because they reject your instructions. 54 Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. 55 I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD; therefore, I obey your instructions. 56 This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments.
Lord revive and comfort me in your promises today.
Notice that they traveled by stages with everything they owned. For those of you who have moved before you can imagine that this was not just one faith step but a whole series of them...each time with a choice to stop or to obey.
God was blessing so much that these two men had the first 'first world problem'. They needed more space for their stuff. What ensued was a mess when Lot could have chosen contentment. What might God be telling you about learning to be content?
Abram allowed Lot to choose and he trusted God's blessings would endure for him wherever he was...is our faith often too tied to location and situation?
Our 'plenty' can serve simply as the spoils of war if we strive too much after our own will. Have you ever been the victim of hoarding and losing?
Lord help me to be content in You and You alone and to resist the trap that stuff and success can have on my heart.
Hebrews 5-7 ties Jesus together with Melchizedek and declares Jesus is our great High Priest. Now we can worship and give our gifts to Him as Abram did to Melchizedek.
Abram's faith gives him greater access to God's guidance and so we see the early benefits of the Holy Spirit's work in the faithful.