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What Is Strife? (Genesis 13:5-9)

Introductory Thoughts

As Abram and Lot travelled together, it became increasingly obvious that the multitude of their possessions would make it difficult for them to dwell together. Eventually, the herdmen of the two men began to strive with each other over the pastures for their cattle. No doubt, both groups of herdmen were primarily concerned with the well-being of their own master’s cattle. Neither was willing to compromise their own needs or wishes in order to accommodate the needs of the other group. As Abram witnessed the relationship decay, he knew that he must concede to the inevitability of separating the two groups. He asked Lot to choose another piece of land in which to dwell.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Paul and Barnabas had a sharp disagreement on whether or not to take John Mark with them on their second missionary journey. The matter did not get settled at that time. They split up and went different directions, Barnabas going with Mark and Paul going with Silas (Acts 15:36-41).
  • (For everyone): Why was there strife between the herdmen of Abram and Lot? Why were the herdmen unable to settle the dispute? Does it appear that either group would give any ground to the other?
  • What might have happened if Abram had not stepped in to solve the dispute between herdmen? How did Abram demonstrate wisdom in solving the problem?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you understand how strife begins.
  • Ask God for wisdom to settle disputes for His glory.


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