I have been studying Genesis 14 for a while now and one thing keeps drawing my attention back to the scripture and it is Abraham’s response to the King of Sodom when he defeated the four kings who came together against the five kings. God had just made a promise to Abraham, The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:14-17) which was enough for him. Having had this massive promise from God it was okay for him to think that rescuing Lot, his family alongside other persons had finally earned him the blessing but no he didn’t see it that way
His response showed the core of his heart, I promise that I will not keep anything that is yours not even a thread or a sandal strap! I don’t want you to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ Genesis 14:23.
Our response when we have little and see abundance is very important, we must not be too quick in giving a name to any property that is not ours.
Some of us see a blessing or get to see a level of abundance and the next thing we are thinking of is jumping at it instead of discerning whether it is the Father’s will for us to have it.
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own. Luke 12:15 (NLT)
Our response when we see abundance shows the core of our heart. In a bid to live comfortably or see the promise of God to us we must be very careful of what we accept. As we follow Jesus, He lifts us up step by step.
Greed is a killer, it would have been very easy for Abraham to kill the king of Sodom and then take every of the possessions but NO the blessing is not tied to what our eyes can see alone, it is highly spiritual and first intangible, doing that would have corrupted him.
This week, I leave us with this popular scripture to meditate upon, But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6.
The Lord bless and keep us all.