Thursday, September 15, 2016

Abram Rescues Lot

11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
Genesis 14:11-16, NKJV

Abram Rescues Lot 

In verses 1 through 10 of Genesis 14, we find that four kings came against five kings (including the king of Sodom) and warred against them. The four kings routed the five so that those of the five who were left fled to the mountains.

The five victorious kings (see the text shown above) took all of the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah including Abram's nephew, Lot. One who had escaped from the battle came and told Abram. How did Abram respond? He could have ignored his selfish nephew, but family is family. Abram armed his 318 trained servants and went in pursuit of the five kings. 

When you think of it, this is a rather interesting chain of events. Who would have thought that Abram, the servant of God, not only had a trained army but was also skilled in battle maneuvers? Abram divided his forces against them by night and pursued them until they reached them just north of Damascus. We are told nothing of the battle other than that Abram rescued Lot and all of the other captives and brought them safely back to their homes.

So often we are prone to see the blessings of God as only financial blessings. In truth, we are more apt to find God's blessings revealed in entirely different ways. In our example here, God gave Abram, with his 318 trained soldiers, a great victory against the army of five kings. 

The great lesson for us here is to remember that God is God. He is always working on behalf of His people. No circumstance is too great, or even too small for that matter, for God to intercede in the daily lives of His people. Just as He intervened here and gave Abram a great victory, so does God intercede in our lives as well.

Yet, as we live our daily lives, we so often live them in the middle of great fears. What if there is a financial collapse as is so often predicted, what if the enemies of God invade our country and seek to kill believers, what if we contract a serious illness like cancer? The God of Abram is the same God we worship and serve today. Just as He intervened greatly in the life of Abram, so He lives and guides us today. No outward enemy, force, or circumstance can stay the hand of God.

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:31-34, NKJV 

Like Abram, let us first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let us be more concerned about our life to come when we are called to leave this earth, rather than the life we live here on this earth. Our great God and Father never leaves or forsakes His children. He has planned every day of their lives, even before this earth was created, and nothing that God has planned will fail to come to pass.

Let us pray, today, that God, through His Holy Spirit, will grant to us a double portion of faith that we may live every day of our lives to His honor and glory, trusting in His guidance and protection in our lives. What an amazing God we serve. He saves us, He loves us, and He keeps us every day of our lives until He calls us home. And then, we will live with Him forever!

God Bless You,

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