January 12, 2018

Perhaps one lesson would be in order for each of the four chapters that we read for today.

Genesis 13:8–9, 14-17 (NLT) — 8 Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! 9 The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

Lesson 1 > You can’t out give God. Abram gave Lot the pick of the land and Lot picked out what looked like the best for raising all of his flocks and herds. Abram wasn’t worried because he trusted the Lord. The Lord came through with, “Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

Matthew 12:1–5 (NLT) — 1 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. 2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” 3 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. 5 And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?

Lesson 2 > Love is more important than law and relationship are more important than ritual.

Nehemiah 2:18–20 (NLT) — 18 Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work. 19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”

Lesson 3 > God will always finish the good work that he has started in you.

Acts 12:5–8 (NLT) — 5 But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. 6 The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. 7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. 8 Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.

Lesson 4 > Earnest prayer brings wonderful results.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    One thing that has been continually impressed upon me during these past two weeks is that God ALWAYS has a plan and that He will cause even unbelievers to do things that bring about His plan and His will. He is always in control even when we can’t see how it could work out. I was impressed today with Nehemiah ‘s response to the enemies of the building of the walls of Jerusalem. They tried to bully the Jews by saying “Are you rebelling against the King?” Nehemiah could have shown them the letters he had from the king but he didn’t. He replied that God would help them. He knew where his help came from.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      We don’t have to let the enemy bully us when we have the word of the King! Thank you for your insight.

  2. I was listening to Family Life a few weeks ago and their guest speaker said in fun that many times when we think we’re in control it’s actually a delusion. God can work through our limited control in any situation to accomplish his work. Yes, we can make mistakes and seemly take the reins but even then isn’t God in control of the out come? Like a good, good Father giving us our way to learn a valuable lesson.