Change brings strength and riches
‘After Lot had gone, the Lord said…’ Paul put it this way, "let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up" (Hebrews 12:1). In this phase of Abram’s life what weighed him down was the love and devotion he had towards Lot. The sin that tripped him up was disobeying the Lord and not leaving all his family behind as instructed. When we remove the obstacles that prioritize our lives and emotions and repent of our disobedience, we allow God to speak into our future.
When Abram finally made God first priority in his heart and life, God was beyond delighted! He repeated to Abram all the ways He would bless and honor him. I don’t know what Abram’s vantage point was, but it appeared that from where he stood he could see land for miles upon end. In those days, when land was purchased, it was required by the buyer to walk the perimeter. God instructed Abram to walk the land and stake his claim for the taking. This would be the piece of earth reserved for Abram and all of his descendants forever.
Abram gratefully replied to God’s generosity by moving his camp to Hebron which is defined as 'association' (1). Physical relocation is symbolic of Abram’s internal repositioning of his priorities. His previous focus was on things (self sufficiency) and people (Lot). From here onward, Abram’s primary focus will be to maintain a sincere affectionate relationship with God.
Abram settled near an oak grove. Oaks in Isaiah 2:13 symbolized might or strength. So, a grove of oak trees symbolized strength multiplied. Interestingly, Mamre also is defined as strength and/or fatness which indicated richness, fertility, and abundance of every area of life (2). Repeated symbols, especially in the same passage, emphasizes a theme. Abram positioned himself where he would be strong in the Lord and rich in His blessings.
Lastly, Abram built another altar at the spot where association, strength, and riches met. As always, where an altar is built, heaven and earth touch and God meets His people.
So, can we change? Absolutely! But, how much and how far depends on you. God has great confidence that as you walk with Him, change is inevitable.
This concludes our series 'Can I Change?' and we hope it was a blessing to you. Next Tuesday, we will begin a new series concerning how to fight for your family. Until then, enjoy your weekend!
Father, if there is anything I have learned from Your Word, it is this. Nothing pleases You more than for me to make You first in my life. I want my life to be a continual conversation with You. I love You and I thank You for strength and the richness of all Your blessings. I will use them for Your glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.
God is my primary focus in my heart and in my life.
God is my closest associate.
God is the strength of my life.
God honors me with rich blessings.
Meditate on 1 Chronicles 29:12 NLT, “Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”