Deferring to Another

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Genesis 12:1-13:13 today.
Abram and Lot could not live in close proximity to one another because they both had so many herds that there was just no more room. Therefore, Abram made this generous offer to his nephew Lot, “Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left” (Genesis 13:9). Abram was a businessman; yet, he was willing to defer to another businessman! Being the older family member, he could have made the decision where each would go. He did not exercise that right.
Even in business, he did not forget that he was a servant of God. I know business people who, when it comes to business, have no friends. They will run over anyone, because they believe that is the way a business should be run. Sometimes even Christians will act that way.
If God can provide for you in your other areas of life, can He provide for you in business? Abram believed that God could and would. Therefore, he did not hesitate to make an offer to his nephew that might have put Abram at a disadvantage. He knew that God is the Advantage and that by honoring Him and loving people, God would take care of him.

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