Genesis 13:8-16 NLT
‘Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.
After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession.”’
Abram was forced to separate from his nephew Lot because they were both prospering so greatly and he did not want the disputes of their herdsmen to come between them.
Abram offered Lot his pick of the land and he obviously chose the beautiful fertile plains that appealed to him, while Abram was left with the second best. The result of Abrams kindness toward Lot was that God turned Abram’s land into the most productive and prosperous of all, blessing him greatly!
God is calling you to give the very best. By letting others have the first pick, the choicest land, the best seat, the best room, the best meal or even staying back so they can leave early, you are setting yourself up for a great blessing to come your way.
God will honour you as you put others first. You will be very surprised how God can turn something that appears barren into blessed land because you are the carrier of the blessing and you carry the One who brings life and fruitfulness into the desert areas.
Watch as He multiplies and transforms whatever land you may take.