I pray that you have had some successful weeks in your life. If it has been rocky and rough, I pray that God will give you continued strength on your journey and that peace, hope and love will abound in your life.
I want to share something with you today from Genesis 13. In this particular text, God is establishing Abraham and His covenant with him. In chapter 12, God tells Abraham to separate from his family and go to a place that He will show him. Abraham does everything that God says except one thing, he brings his nephew Lot with him. The problem with this is that God told him in Genesis 12:1, “Get from out of your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house…” Have you ever thought you followed God’s word completely, but then you were off just by a tad bit? Just like Abraham, you thought you were doing the right thing because you loved someone, you wanted to help them, or you just felt like God just left out a small detail that required your help. LOL!
God doesn’t need our help with anything. Remember, He is the sovereign God. For whatever reason, Abraham thought his decision to bring along Lot was justifiable. However, in chapter 13, the Bible says that a conflict had risen between the two. They both had too much stuff and they could not fit in the same space. Genesis 13:6 states, “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together.” Well, that could be one reason why God told him to leave everyone else behind. A point I am going to make here is that sometimes we have a perception of scarcity and not of abundance. The conflict between Lot and Abraham only became a conflict because they felt they had to dwell in the same spot, with all their stuff as if there was nowhere else for them to live. Listen…there is more than enough out here for me, you, your mother and everyone else. The land is plenteous. The land is large. There needs to be no conflict over a client, customer, church, ministry engagements or whatever else. Stretch out. Think Bigger.
In Genesis 13:14-15, God tells Abraham, after he got him alone from Lot (after the separation God spoke the secret), “Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are north and south, and east and west, for all the land that you see I will give to you and your children’s children.” Do you see that? God was telling Abraham that he didn’t need to have any conflict over a piece of land because he was going to give him so much land that it would last for generations.
This is for you, God wants you to look past your current surroundings, your current position, your current status and your current conditions. He wants you to lift up your eyes because lifting up your eyes will allow you to see further than you’ve been accustomed to seeing. Lifting up your eyes will take your eyes off your surroundings and put them on a focus point further away. He wants you to look out from among everything you have been used to seeing because up ahead, in your spiritual vision, God has so much for you. In other words, what he pretty much told Abraham is, “What you can see is yours.”
Be of good courage. Have a heart of steel. God isn’t finished with your life. Lift up your eyes and look ahead. Greater is up there. What you can see is yours!
Peace and blessings,
Lakishia Banister, M.A.T