God’s numbering system is very different from ours. As a matter of fact, the moves that mankind makes is usually based on numbers or statistical data. Indeed, the politics of this world is determined by the percentages of the population and how they believe on various matters of concern. In the world today it is all about the latest polls and how the numbers of the people are leaning in thought.
Who can be against us when God is for us? That is the attitude that must reign in the heart and mind of each believer.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abram left his father’s land, the only place he had known. Not only that but also it was the land that Abram rightfully would have inherited. After all, Abram was the oldest son of his father, Terah. Abram lived in Haran, knew the layout of the land, and knew that the land was his heritage and his inheritance. Yet, God spoke to Abram to move from his home to an unknown place.
Wow! Can you imagine the thoughts that flooded Abram’s mind? Abram knew God had spoken, and yet, in his humanity, Abram would have to think about leaving his father and taking his family to a place that he had never been to. That is why Abram’s move is considered a great faith move. Abram moved out on faith and not on facts. Abram trusted God’s Word above all else.
There was a key instruction that Abram received from God:
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Abram was told to leave certain things behind. Abram had to move away from his father, his family, and his familiar land. In essence, God was going to make things new for Abram; God was not going to use old things to make the new things.
That becomes the challenge for so many. So many want to be new. So many want to go to a new place. So many desire to experience a new life. Yet, those same people are not willing to leave behind old friends, old attitudes, and old familiar places.
You cannot experience the new thing in its totality while dragging along those things that you have always been attached to. It will not work, and it is disobedience to God’s instructions.
God desired that Abram should be the “father” or “leader” of the new place. That meant that there should be no other male in his family competing against Abram. Yet, that is where things went wrong. Abram took along his nephew, Lot. Lot was the son of Abram’s younger brother, Haran. By taking along Lot, Abram actually had a competitor from another head of a household along with him.
You see, you will fight for your family. Abram would fight for his family. Lot would fight for his family. That was natural.
Let’s not be so hard on Abram for taking Lot along with him. After, all with the death of Lot’s father, Uncle Abram had stepped in to raise young Lot. Uncle Abram became Lot’s role model or mentor. Yet, let me state this, there is a difference between a boy named Lot and a man named Lot. A boy is easier to control than a man, and as Lot grew into manhood, he understood his role as the head of his family or people.
What do you need to understand about that story? You need to know how important it is to follow God’s instructions all the way. Also, understand that God has a blessing in store for you. Know that no matter who may be there to curse you, God has overridden the curse by instituting many blessings. The blessings of God will far outweigh anything that comes against you.
In your next move, be sure to move with God. Blessings Abound!