Genesis 13:14-15 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession.
Kids don’t always choose what is fair. For example, if there is a chunk of cake left and you have two kids, an argument will ensue as to who gets the biggest piece. One method of teaching your kids a valuable lesson is this: Tell one of the kids,” okay Johnny, you can go ahead and cut the cake.” So Johnny cuts the cake with a big grin on his face. Why is he smiling? Because he didn’t cut it down the middle. He finishes cutting the piece in two and quickly grabs the bigger piece. “Wait a minute, Johnny,” mom says. “You got to cut the cake. Sarah gets to choose which piece she wants.” And off goes little Sarah with her bigger piece of cake. Johnny just learned a lesson about equality and fairness. Brilliant.
In Genesis 13, there was only one piece of cake, er, land left. So Abram tells Lot to go ahead and pick what he wants. Lot chooses a beautiful piece of land in the east and heads his merry way. Now at first glance, Lot got the best pick. There was plenty of water and trees and grass. It had everything he wanted. There was just one problem: it was next to a town called Sodom. Maybe you know that story… Sodom ruined Lot.
Abram on the other hand is content with the leftovers. He knows that God is going to take care of him so it doesn’t really matter. As he heads out to the other place, the dry land, God stops him and gives him a promise. “I am giving you everything you can see in every direction.” When I look at the surface, it seems like Abram got the bad end of the deal. When they took the first look at the land they were getting, Lot’s looked better. But Abram ended up with the better piece of cake. He ended up with God’s promise, protection, and greatest possession.
*Are you stuck looking at the surface? It’s possible that what you see isn’t all that God has for you.