Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and sinning against the LORD. Genesis 13:10-13 NIV
Danni had visitors today. Her neighbors, Max and Dixie stopped by to see her and to sniff out her digs. The two Jack Russell terriers trotted in the front door and proceeded to try out Danni’s dog bed. Max sniffed out her exact spot on the couch and hopped up for a few minutes before heading up the stairs to the landing where Danni looks out over her kingdom. After Danni’s company had gone, she laid down at my feet as if to say, “You are mine. That’s enough fraternizing with other dogs”.
Neighbors are a nice thing to have when everyone is getting along. Abram and Lot travelled together but the land was not enough to support two families with all their servants and animals. Lot’s herders were arguing with Abram’s so Abram offered Lot the pick of the land. Lot chose the section that looked the best but the people who lived there were not making God too happy. God ended up destroying Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot had to run for his life. The grass is not always greener.
Exodus 20:17 tells us, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. In other words, be content with what you have as the grass is not always greener.
Like Max and Dixie, we can visit our neighbors and look around their new house, and see their new car in the driveway and wish we had something just like it or even bigger but the grass is not always greener. Abram was following the commandment that Jesus gave us to love your neighbor as yourself. He put Lot first when he offered him the pick of the land and for a while it probably looked like Lot had the best of everything life had to offer.
God has blessed you with your life. He has your good in mind and will never leave you nor forsake you. Love your neighbor as yourself and be content with what you have. The grass is not always greener!