Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
In his memoir, “Man’s Search for Meaning, ” Viktor Frankl a Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist shared that the freedom to choose one’s attitude in a given situation cannot be taken away.
Abram Chose the Right Attitude
According to the Genesis account, Abram left Egypt with his family and travelled to Canaan. On his way, he stopped at Bethel and prayed. The special moment with God prepared him for a crisis that was looming.
Abram was wealthy in lifestock, silver, and gold. His nephew Lot who travelled with him had flocks, herd, and tents. The land could not accommodate their possessions as such there were conflicts between Abram’s and Lot’s herders. Abram intervened and told Lot that there should be no quarreling between them. Hence, they should part company and go in opposite direction. He then asked Lot to choose the plot of land that he wanted. Lot looked at the expanse of land and saw that the plain of Jordan was well watered and so he chose that section. They parted company and Abram lived in the land of Canaan while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tent near Sodom (Genesis 13:1-12).
After Abram and Lot separated, the Lord told Abram to look around to the north, south, east, and west. He obeyed and the Lord said to him, “All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever” (Genesis 13:14-15).
Guided by Faith
Abram found himself in an uncomfortable situation and used his faith in God to choose the right attitude. By so doing he maintained peace and a good relationship with his nephew. As the patriarch, he had the authority to take a section of the land and give Lot the rest, but he did otherwise. He gave Lot first choice, thus eliminating any accusation of unfair treatment or feelings of resentment.
Abram’s action taught Lot a valuable lesson, “When God is with you, it is okay to take second place.” In Genesis 12:2, God said to Abram, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Therefore, it was easy for him to allow Lot to choose a section of the land. He knew that God was with him as such it did not matter which section of the land he got; he would always be blessed.
Prayer and Faith in God
I do not know what situation you are facing at the moment but I encourage you to pray and allow your faith in God to guide you. Prayer and faith will help you to choose the right attitude and maintain peace and good relationships. The Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4). Irrespective of your circumstances, you have the power to choose your attitude, whether positive or negative.
God was with Abram and is with you. He promised to bless Abram and has already blessed you through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 9:8). When you are confident of these blessings, you can do good to your enemies and those who have done you wrong. If necessary, you can give away some of your possessions for a peaceful life or to prevent toxic relationships. Remember that Jesus can do more than you can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within you (Ephesians 3:20). Furthermore, the apostle Paul says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).