By Michael Wambugu
Have you ever gone out of your way to help or extend kindness to somebody who was in need, only for them to turn around and abuse the kindness you offered them, or smear your reputation through false charges? You were not seeking any advantage when you reached out to help, but you ended up being cast in bad light by the very person you helped.
Abraham must have felt downcast when the care he had extended to Lot, his nephew, ended up in a quarrel between their herdsmen. Think about it; Abraham was not under any obligation to take Lot along with him. Actually, God had told him to leave his people and his father’s household and go to the land that He would show him. Abraham’s decision to take Lot along was an expression of his goodwill towards his nephew.
When their herdsmen began to quarrel about pasture for the animals, Abraham told Lot, “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left,” (Gen. 13:8, 9).
Abraham might have expected Lot to be reasonable as he decided which part of the land he wanted to move to. Since he was only accompanying Abraham in going to the land that God had called him [Abraham] to go to, was it not reasonable to let Abraham be first to decide where to move to? But, Lot “saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD,” and chose it for himself (Gen. 13:10, 11). At that point, Abraham might have felt like he had lost out to his nephew. All the good land had been taken, so really he had no option but to take up what remained after Lot made his choice.
At that point, God spoke to Abraham. “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you,” (Gen. 13:14-17).
It might be that you are experiencing pain after loss of an opportunity that you really banked on. Or dreams that seemed on course suddenly got derailed. Maybe your ministry has stagnated. Or you lost out to a colleague at work, or in business. The loss might be monumental, and you are wondering when, or how you will recover.
Lift up your eyes and do not give in to despair. The loss you have suffered does not mean that your venture is over. God, who turns mourning into dancing will lift you from the ashes and get you firmly back on course. In the words of Lynda Randle:
Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known
But when things change, and you’re down in the valley
Don’t lose faith for, you’re never alone.
For the God of the mountain, is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
And the of the good times
Is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night.