THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The twins were particularly rowdy that evening. They had been arguing all day, and Mom had had enough!
She put them to bed a little early, gave them instructions to not speak, and to go directly to sleep. Then she turned the light out and closed the door to their room.
Mom decided she would treat herself since she had a few moments of extra time. She went to her bathroom, curled her hair with those little "stick" things poking out all over her head, and put a "mud pack" on her face. Just then she heard the twings arguing again.
She went briskly into their room, turned on the light, yelled, "I TOLD YOU NOT TO ARGUE!!! NOW GO TO SLEEP!! NOT ANOTHER WORD!!!!"
She turned out the light and closed the door. One of the twins turned to the other and asked, "WHO was THAT?"
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: 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.
Isn't it ironic that when we are blessed and have more than enough, people begin to argue about what's MINE and what's YOURS?
Though Abraham and Lot didn't argue, their herdsmen did. They were arguing about pasture for the sheep and cattle. This could cause a rift between Abraham and Lot.
Instead of allowing that to happen, Abraham went to see lot. He offered Lot the BEST of the land! Abraham was the head of the family. Lot was his nephew. But Lot was also the son of the eldest son. It was Abraham's land because God had called him to it, but he offered the BEST to Lot.
This tells us a lot about Abram. First, he trusted God to provide what God had promised. Second, Abram tried to live righteously...or, by all the existing laws.
Abram was a man who took his responsibilities seriously. He knew it was his job to raise and care for his oldest brother's son. Isn't it interesting that he would actually defer to Lot. That shows a man of sincerity and dependability and peace.
Argumentative behavior is unbecoming among God's children. It is first, disrespectful of God Who gives us unity by His Holy Spirit's indwelling; and second, disrespectful of our brotherhood in Christ. It avails nothing, and is an unholy witness to those around us. Spiritual growth cannot occur among the thorns of dissention, selfishness, and argumentativeness.
For the sake of peace, and in the interest of spiritual growth, let us defer to one another in love!