Tuesday – Pentateuch
Reading – Genesis 12-13
“The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.””
Genesis 13:9 NLT
Abram was generous in letting Lot choose where he wanted to settle. Certainly he was right to try to settle the disputes between his and Lot’s people.
Instead of working those differences out through arbitration or even chance, he allowed Lot to be selfish.
That choice came back to haunt them both as Lot’s family was irreparably damaged by his choice to associate with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
If they had reasoned together, perhaps they would have both avoided associating with Sodom and Gomorrah and the subsequent troubles.
Instead Abram abdicated responsibility and Lot chose poorly.
How do you settle disputes among your family members?
What would have had the best outcome for Abram and Lot’s families?
How do you find the best outcome for your family?
I should note that this is one situation that I do not have any strong wise answers for.