It Doesn’t Matter He Still Succeeds!
Genesis 13:8-9 “(8) Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. (9) Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.””
Abram who later became Abraham (Genesis 17:5) was a a man of faith in God, a courageous man, a man who makes tough decisions and a hard working man. Abraham is admirable in many ways. He was rich, very rich (Genesis 13:2), possessing domestic animals in large numbers, gold reserves, silver reserves and many workers. He had faith in God that caused him to follow God and even leave his family and home town permanently to seemingly wander around (Genesis 12:1-4). Abraham made tough decisions, including giving out his wife to save life (Genesis 12:10-20 / 20:1-6) and willing to kill his only begotten and beloved son in obedience to God (Genesis 22:1-12). Abraham was a courageous and strategic man who did not fear going to war and he never lost the battle (Genesis 14:13-16). These are the qualities that made Abraham a renown success and these same qualities are needed in anyone who wishes to succeed in life. Wealth and success will come as a blessing from God when we apply these qualities in our lives. It is foolish to have no qualities and put no efforts and still expect wealth and any form of success.
In Genesis 13 we learn from Abraham a very important lesson. Lot and his uncle Abraham had traveled together for a while. Their possessions had increased and as a result of inevitable regular close interaction, conflict ensued between the two families. Abraham as mentioned had qualities of decision making. Decision makers always solve problems. Indecisive people are dangerous to others and to themselves. Someone has said that it is better to make a wrong decision than to make none at all. Abraham realising the importance of peace for prosperity and happiness, made a decision to solve the problem. We need to understand and appreciate the place of peace in prosperity and happiness. Continous strife doesn’t benefit anyone in the long run. Let us prioritise peace and good relationships, and what will follow is peace of mind and happiness and prosperity. If you are the kind of person who thrives in brewing conflict and tension as opposed to peaceful living, then happiness and prosperity will never be your true portion. Prioritise peace in your individual relationships, family relationships, community relationships and national and international relationships. Abraham a very successful man, made a decision to prioritise peaceful living, What about you?
We also learn of Abraham’s wisdom in Genesis 13. There was a conflict already. Abraham knew that if he went ahead to choose which side he will live and which side Lot should go to, the decision would be treated with suspicion and it won’t be accepted. In wisdom, Abraham allowed Lot to choose which side of the rich land he will relocate to for the sake of peace. That option made Abraham vulnerable but most importantly it disarmed Lot of any ability to further the conflict. There is wisdom in considering others better than you and letting them have the first priority. Philippians 2:3-4 “(3) Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Abraham tells Lot to choose any side and he will take whatever remains. Abraham makes this decision from the solid confidence that he can succeed anywhere and with anything if he remains committed to God and he works hard. If Lot takes the best part of the land and leaves Abraham with useless land that he cant do much about, it doesn’t matter he will still succeed. If Abraham is left far from urban centres, in remote difficult to access locations, it doesn’t matter he will still succeed. If Abraham is left without pasture for his flock or water, it doesn’t matter he will still succeed.
Many people have fights and heartaches because they believe that if they get certain things they will succeed. For Abraham, whatever was available was enough to initiate a process of success. Our success is not in certain things but in faith in God and hard work. While education is important, success is not pegged in possessing academic papers. While having property is important, success is not pegged to amassing property. Children fight and even kill each other to have the largest share of their inheritance. Splitting spouses waste time and create further pain after divorce as they seek to split resources. Business partners who have disagreed bitterly struggle to take as much as possible from the broken partnership. Abraham wouldn’t do that, he was wise, he prioritised peace, he would allow the other party to take whatever they want, and with what remains, he will prove that hard work and faith in God brings success. It doesn’t matter what he remains with, he will still succeed.
Are you in a disadvantaged position? Are you lacking what you think is key to success? Is the capital and options available too meagre? Are there people who have connived to deny you your rightful place and advantage? What would father Abraham do? Father Abraham would accept his situation and put his best efforts with the little and nothing he has, and he would still succeed. Father Abraham would not sit and waste time in regret and depression. Father Abraham would not habour hate and revenge, but focus on what he must do. Father Abraham would immediately go to work and trust God to bless his tireless hardworking. It doesn’t matter what situation father Abraham finds himself in, he will still succeed. It doesn’t matter what little father Abraham finds himself with, he will still succeed.
Accept your grades and academic performance that result from hardworking, and move on to make the best of your God given life. Accept the job assignment. Accept the demotion. Accept the transfer. Accept the decision that has been unfairly done and there isn’t much you can do to change it. Accept your disability. Accept the options available even though not favourable. When you accept where you are and what you have, you poise yourself for clear thinking that appreciates opportunities, perseveres and eventually succeeds. When you accept you remove the clutter of disturbing thoughts, worry, hate, fear and regret, and instead you focus on working on excellence. Abraham told Lot that i will accept whatever remains. It doesn’t matter what remains, i will still succeed.
May God grant us the qualities of Abraham and may we like him succeed in spite of all circumstances. May we look at what we have and our situation and confidently move into action and say to ourselves as we soldier on, it doesn’t matter, I will still succeed. In Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts, but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)