Agreeing to Disagree

5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.

8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Genesis 13:5-9

God had blessed both Abram and his nephew Lot materially. It was time to part ways on friendly terms. though having their herdsmen fight against each other was leaving a bad witness for those in the surrounding villages (Canaanites and Perizzites – villagers). The villagers were probably envious of their wealth and put the two families in danger. That’s why they both had to leave.

Knowing when to “quit” is not always easy in life. We love our comfort zones. I’ve been in a few jobs where I should have looked a lot harder for different work, but I was comfortable. I didn’t need to leave, but I should have. It was dragging me down and robbing me of true joy.

Whether it’s an ongoing disagreement, an unpleasant job situation, or an external relationship that is eating away at your soul and sapping you of energy, knowing when to just walk away from discernment that has to come from God sometimes. Ask Him for the wisdom, and let Him lead you.

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