So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
Have you ever had a dispute about money? It seems that money or possessions cause lots of problems in our lives. We pursue it like the holy grail! Why? Paul the apostle wrote: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). It certainly has provided much turmoil in my life. There was a time in my life that I sought after money more than any other thing. I believed that if I had plenty of money I could please the people in my life. I thought I could give them everything they needed, however it only created resentment and strife. During this time I knew who God was but my relationship with man was screwed up. I didn’t surround myself with the right people or practice the principles that Jesus and the bible teach. Paul the apostle also wrote: ” Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). When I surrendered to these principles everything changed. I realized that showing love and compassion is the road to true wealth. 1 Corinthians 13:8 reads: “Love never fails”. I have found this to be true. No matter what the situation, if I show love it works out. Maybe not how I would like it, but the best it will ever be. Paul wrote: “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)”. Using these 4 verses to both check myself and use as a guideline has changed my life. I encourage you to do the same, but if you are still confused and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!