By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."Jeremiah 17:7-8and"And Abram said unto Lot, 'Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and and thy herdmen, for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee from me: If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."Genesis 13:8-9-----Memory Catcher: Working with Abram's early name allows us to link him with an animal of prominence.ABRAM - Appointed Big RAM.A ram symbolized, in early and ancient days, prominent leadership, rulership, initiative, and action.Abram was appointed by God to be the "Father of nations, kings, and peoples; exceedingly fruitful, and visual covenant "carrier" of God's promises. AbRam ... a Ram of a man.You might also find it helpful to note that the "ram" was the animal God provided (horns caught in the thicket) in Isaac's place as a sacrifice. (Genesis 22:13-14)-----Abram is caught in a "thicket of his own" when, in the earliest days, the large volume of stock between he and his nephew Lot threaten to drive a wedge between them. The herdsmen of Lot erupt with the herdsmen of Abram and, stepping between them, Abram employs a diplomatic, very wise solution.Trusting God as the divine land divider and sovereign land owner; he casts no lot, but simply allows his beloved nephew Lot to choose whatever land is to his liking. Perhaps what gets me, gets me, gets me (x3 means I love it) is the reality that as soon as this business transaction takes place ... God's hand distinctly moves, once again, on Abraham."And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 'Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever."Genesis 13:14-15What this shows, my friend, is that eruptions, disagreements, partings, and nay farewells, have their divinely appointed place and providence. Reflect on the memorable discord between Paul and Barnabus (two chosen and supremely elected gospel carriers) and you will see that a "necessary" dispersion occurred for the Gospel to merely be carried out further.Reflect on the role of Judas and you will witness a necessary part of the redemptive story unfold.-----Man is not the determinant of your destiny, deliverance, or your calling.He is a piece and a "pawn" in the hands of God who orchestrates, on His sovereign timeline, the placement and arrival of man.This is to the glory of God and for the purposes of God.As a child of God, Abram is your father (the father of all who believe; Romans 4:16) and as a child of God, dependency upon God, can be reckoned by you in the same way that Abram reckoned it for himself.Full trust in the outcome of matters can be safely relinquished to the loving care of a supreme and sovereign holy God.Give the "Lot's" in your life the leeway necessary, and freedom deemed appropriate, to act apart from you and trust God's hand and His providence to uphold how it all falls out.Amazingly, what often seems an initial "negative" turns to be a divine "positive" in future blessing, promise, and provision.Cast your "Lot" on the favor of God and let him have his way in the thing you are presently struggling through.Don't fight it, resist it, or work to manipulate a favorable outcome.Let be what will be and ... trust in the Lord.The heat will come but "your" leaf will remain green.-----Holy and sovereign Father of nations and of men, For the power Thou retains to hold all men in Thine hands I give Thee thanks.For strength of might, for security and light, for all that's right,I give Thee thanks.For each of life's seeming "negatives" I thank Thee that Thou has the power to subject them and translate them into divine "positives" with an attachment of promise and provision attached to them.How great are Thy sovereign wonders to me and how incomparably good is the wisdom which Thou governs with.My "Lot" is cast on Thee ...Let rich the fruitbearing be.Amen.
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