When we choose to walk with God, the way of peace is easy to find. Abram demonstrated this when, instead of warring with his family, he trusted God for his inheritance. Instead of fighting for the land God had promised, he waited for God’s perfect timing. He chose the way of peace—a road that we cannot find outside of trusting the Father.
When we become more satisfied with our relationship with God than the promise of his blessing, we set ourselves up for something far greater. No sacrifice will ever outweigh the glory of remaining close to him. Holding our promises loosely, knowing that God is ultimately in control, frees us to rest and enjoy him. Otherwise, we get fixated on temporal desires and are willing to fight and strive to get them. Let’s posture our hearts before the Lord in humble faith. Humility is the precursor for his richest blessings.
Father, I want to reflect your nature and demonstrate your patience and kindness. I long to be Christlike in the way I pursue what you’ve promised. Forgive me for pushing to make things happen and not trusting your timing. Help me to live above reproach by walking in humility and temperance as I wait patiently for you.
From “Firstfruits” written by Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez
The Passion Translation
Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not quarrel with each other, or between our herdsmen, since we are relatives. …If you choose the land on the left, then I’ll go right, and if you want land on the right, then I’ll go left.” Genesis 13:8-9