Can You Number the Dust?

Abram and his nephew, Lot, both were exceedingly blessed with flocks and herds and shepherds and herdsmen and tents and riches. As they traveled into the land God had promised to Abram, the land could not support all of their combined livestock and people.

“Then Abram said to Lot, ‘Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me: if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.’ And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere- this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah- like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other.” ~Genesis 13:8-11

Abram was the uncle of Lot, so as an elder he could have asserted his authority and taken what he wanted. However, he loved Lot, and he loved God, and he showed it by his humble servant’s heart, respectfully asking Lot to choose of the land first. Lot, of course, chose the best- “like the garden of the LORD”, wow! Wouldn’t most of us do the same?  

But the LORD had blessed Abram and had promised to make of him a great nation, so Abram must have trusted that God would take care of him.

“And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.'” ~Genesis 13:14-17

God reiterated His promise to Abram, but this time He said that his descendants would be more than could be numbered!

God called Abram on this journey to this land, and He would see him through it, every step of the way. Never doubt God’s faithfulness.

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