8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 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.”
10Lot 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.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
Genesis 13:8-12, 14-17 NIV (New International Version)
Why is it important to feel safe? This world is full of unknown dangers that make people fearful. Fear prevents people from doing the things they know they need to do effectively. To feel secure in this world is to be free from the worries that come from this uncertain world. Thereby allowing you to be productive for yourself and your family. Where does your sense of security originate from? Some people base their safety on wealth, others on social status, and some turn to material possessions to feel secure. What was the foundation for Abram’s security?
As the passage shows, the possessions of Abram and his nephew Lot were so great, that they could no longer share the land but go separate ways. Abram, being Lot’s uncle, could have decided for himself which region he would dwell in and leave the left-overs to his nephew. That would make sense if your security was based on land. However, Abram gave the choice of the land to Lot knowing very well that his nephew would probably choose the region that was better for his property.
Why did Abram do such a thing? It goes against all logic to hand over the choicest place of real estate to another even though it was your right as the elder relative. Abram’s security however was not based on the land where he dwelt however. Instead his security was founded on the promises of the Lord. In those promises were included the land as well as a child that would inherit the land after him. The fact that Abram left what he knew in his hometown (as told in the beginning of Genesis 12) to go dwell in a land that God would show him proves that he believed that Lord would fulfill his promises.
Nevertheless, I can imagine that when Abram saw his nephew take the better land and looked at the desert land that was left to him, he probably had second thoughts about giving Lot the choice. But the Lord affirmed Abram decision by reminding him that He was still with him and that His promise still stands. It was by this affirmation, that Abram moved through life, being secured in the Lord.
Where does your security come from? Does it originate from material things or does it come from God? When comparing the two choices, it is clear to me which one offers the better security. Material things fail often and they decay overtime; a job lost or house burned down or ruined popularity for example. The Lord however does not fail, He is constant and mighty to keep you and I safe. All we must do is believe that He is able to do this. Therefore let us lean on the Lord for our safety.