Good pasture land, peace from fighting with Abram’s men, a place to pitch tents
He moved away, to Hebron near the trees
Don’t place worldly (temporary) amenities over heavenly (eternal) ones. Everything of earth will go away including life, wealth, home and family
He gave up a valley. His descendents were given everything he could see and he would have descendents life the dust of the earth
Gal 3:9: Blessed along with Abraham, Jeremiah 29:11: God has planned good for us and not disaster, gift of future and hope, Matt: 11:28-29: Rest – come to me all who are weary…, Isaiah 40:29-31: Power to the weak, strength to powerless, soar on eagles wings, Phil 4:19: All needs from His glorious riches, Rom 8:37-39: Victory and love: nothing can ever separate us from God’s love, not death, life, angels, demons.., Prov 1:33: peace, untroubled by fear of harm, 2 Cor 4:18: Troubles will pass, John 14:27: peace of mind and heart, John 7:37-39: Living water, the Spirit, John 14:26: The Holy Spirit, Rom 3:23: Forgiveness, Rom 10:9: Salvation, Rom 6:23: Eternal Life
We give up sin, guilt, fear, troubles, worry, murder, adultery, wickedness, lustfulness, greed, gluttony, unrighteous anger, self-pride, laziness, coveting and death. We get peace, love, protection, strength, power, victory, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, a mission from God and to be brothers with Christ for all eternity.
My Daily Journal:
Decorating a hotel room. I can’t find the reference, but I remembered this analogy while thinking about all of the promises vs. costs involved in living the life of a brother to Christ. Our time here on earth is like living in a hotel room. It isn’t home. Home for believers is in heaven, for all eternity.
But how much time, effort, money and fight do we put into furnishing and decorating our hotel room. Instead of using our resources for value that matters to God for all eternity, we invest in making our hotel room more comfortable. We buy bigger houses and decorations, we focus on better curtains for the hotel room.
It isn’t that God doesn’t want us to have wealth or comfort – clearly Abram and Lot had been blessed with more than the land could even support. But where is our focus? Is it on our eternal home or our temporary dwelling. Maybe that is part of the reminder in the fact that Abram was called to live in tents.