When joy remains after anger. What is the correct way to handle an argument became my question this morning reading in Genesis 13:5-21 Abram and Lot had an argument break out between them.
- Abram talked it over with Lot. vs 8
- They agreed to separate. Due to the argument was about not enough land to support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living close together.
- Abram gives Lot first choice of any section of the land he wanted. Lot chose the Jordan Valley in the direction of ZOAR.
- Abram went the extra mile. “If you want to stay here in this area, then I’ll move on to another place.”
- Lot chose the land closer to Sodom. The people in Sodom were unusually wicked and sinned greatly against the LORD.
- After Lot was gone the lord gave Abram permanent possession of land. Abram built an alter to the LORD.
What I find interesting in this passage is that Lot chose land close to sin because it looked beautiful and wealthy. He party company with his uncle lot.
Later God gives Abram land. Abram does not pick out his land he receives from God a permanent possession. He is also given in verse 16 the blessings from God of many descendants to come. “Abam moved his camp to the oak grove owned by Mamre, which is Hebron.”
War broke out and Lot is captured and all his possessions. Lot lost everything he owned.
Uncle Abram gathers his allies and in verse 16 recovered everthing that had been taken. Lot women children and all their possessions!
God is acknowledged in verse 20 as the one who helped Abram conquer his enemies.
The story doesn’t stop there the King of Sodom speaks with Abram. What do you think happens next to all the possessions and Lot?
Psalm 4: 1-8
vs 4 Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.