“Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day” (Gen 18:1-2).
There was an old pop song that said, “Splitting can be so hard to do.” How true. In business or in relationships splitting up can be difficult. Our fear of loss or fear of being taken advantage of brings out the ugliest in human behavior. So often the senior partner has the right to first choice.
Abraham and his nephew Lot were traveling together. However, their families and their flocks had grown too large for the land to support them. They were forced to split up. Lot was the senior partner in this case. He should have had the pick of land where he would go. Instead, he gave up that right. He let Lot choose. Lot perceived the best land was to be found in Sodom. Only time would reveal that perception would not be reality and that city would be destroyed for its wickedness.
Abraham was forced to go to the plain near Hebron, which would have been perceived as a less attractive choice because it was a desert area. However, the Lord appeared to Abraham in Mamre and revealed his destiny to him. It was in this uniquely personal visit that God announced to him that the time had come for the birth of the promised son, Isaac (Gen 17:19).
“Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day” (Gen 18:1-2). God appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent.
Choosing a weaker position becomes our strength when we yield our rights to the Lord. The word Mamre actually means "strength" or "fatness" in Hebrew. And, Abraham sat near a grove of oak trees. Oak trees are known for their strength. Tradition points to a magnificent oak where Abraham resided. Its trunk has a girth of 32 ft. and can still be seen today. Historians say that this was "Abraham's oak."
Are you forced to dissolve a partnership? Let God choose for you. He resides in the perceived weaker place.
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