Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - May 28, 2010

Good morning,


Our devotion for today comes from Roman 12:3 "For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think.  Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one." 


Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; one of the greatest enemies to peace is the entitlement mentality that is widespread in our land today.  Too few people are satisfied with their portion in life.  Underlying this discontent is the false assumption that society owes them something or that their rights are being overlooked.  This self centered way of thinking can creep into businesses, marriages, churches, and other institutions.  It can generate all kinds of discord and have far reaching consequences.


This type of situation was developing in the 13th chapter of Genesis.  As we have observed, Abram and his nephew Lot were attempting to dwell in an area that was too small for the abundant holdings of both men.  The pressure became so great that enormous strife was generated between Abram's herdsmen and those working for Lot.  Something had to be done.


Abram in his wisdom eased the tension by offering Lot his choice of pasture lands. (Genesis 13:9) Instead of fighting for his so called rights, Abram chose the way of peace.  He did what Paul advised centuries later when the apostle said, "Give preference to one another in honor" (Roman 12:10).


Did Abram lose out?  Not at all.  Take note of God's words to the patriach after he had relinquished the prime territory to his nephew and departed from his presence.  The Lord saw fit to promise all that land and beyond to Abram and his descendants. (Genesis 13:14-15)  Peacemakers prosper. 


Have a blessed peacemaking day!


Your brother in Christ,

J. H. Flakes, III


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