Abram tells Lot to look at the whole land before them, when he offered Lot his nephew the first pick of the land to settle the dispute that had arisen between his herdmen and Lot’s. Lot lifted up his eyes and picked (chose) for himself the land in the East, which was the well watered plain of Jordan and pitched his tent toward Sodom, whose people were wicked and exceedingly sinful. So Lot got to pick one part of the expanse of the land – just the East.
Then after Lot separated from Abram, God tells Abram to lift up his eyes and promises to give to Abram and his seed, all the land that he saw – the north, the south, the east, and the west. In other words, when Abram offered to take what was left over, God makes thing right for him forever by giving him all that he saw, not just one side of the land.
Points to ponder:
When we pick with the eyes of sight, we tend to get just a portion of what God has planned and promised to give us. But when we let God pick, seeing through eyes of faith, that God, like a Father, is a giver of good gifts (Matthew 7:11), we get not just one portion of what God has in store for us, but all of it. Do you still want to pick the things in and for your life, or are you willing to let God pick for you?
Genesis 13:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.