If you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left.
In some cultures, a younger person is expected to permit his elder to enter a room first. In others, the most important or highest ranking individual enters first. No matter what our traditions, there are times when we find it difficult to allow someone to choose first on important matters, especially when that privilege rightfully belongs to us.
Abram (later called Abraham) and his nephew Lot had so many flocks, herds, and tents that the land could not support both of them as they travelled together. To avoid conflict, Abram suggested they part company and generously gave Lot first choice of the land. His nephew took the fertile Jordan Valley, leaving Abram with the less desirable land.
Abram did not insist on his rights as the elder in this situation but trusted his future to God. “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me. . . . Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left’ ” (Gen. 13:8–9). The choice Lot made eventually led to dire consequences for his entire family (see Gen 19).
Today, as we face choices of many kinds, we can trust our Father to guide us in His way. He has promised to care for us. He will always give us what we need.
Father, Your unfailing love and faithfulness guide me in every choice I make. May my life speak well of You and honour You today. Amen.