17 After Abram won the battle over Kedorlaomer and the kings who helped him, he returned home. The king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh. It was also called the King’s Valley. 18 Melchizedek was the king of Jerusalem. He brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of the Most High God. 19 He gave a blessing to Abram. He said, “May the Most High God bless Abram. May the Creator of heaven and earth bless him. 20 Give praise to the Most High God. He gave your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people. Keep everything else for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to make a promise to the Lord. He is the Most High God. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. 23 I’ve said I will not accept anything that belongs to you. I will not take even a thread or the strap of a sandal. You will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24 I’ll accept only what my men have eaten and what belongs to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. These three men went with me. Let them have their share.”
Abram took on 5 kings and their armies with just 318 trained men. Prior to his attempt 4 kings and their armies had engaged the same foe and been defeated. Abram’s victory was clearly from the Lord. Abram set out to rescue his relation, Lot, and God enabled him to defeat these kings and free his relative. Looking at it from my perspective it seems a daring escapade, taking on powerful kings in order to free one family… Yet Abram had God Most High on his side and so the impossibility of the situation counted for nothing. The explanation for this incredible victory is given in Melchizedek’s blessing, “Abram is blessed by God Most High… Who has handed over your enemies to you.”
Circumstances count for nothing when we walk in God’s favour. God is not limited by human kings or armies, by past failures, by economies, or housing markets, or job shortages, or broken relationships, or our past, our shortcomings, our weaknesses, our education, our lack of experience… Yes God uses us and we want to keep growing as people, but God is not limited by our humanity… Abram took action, Abram took the 318 trained men (he had spent time training them, using what he had), and set out to challenge these kings and free his relative. He used what he had and God turned up and enabled him to gain the victory.
God, help me to learn from Abram’s example. Help me to activate and use what I do have in my hand, and not to focus on what I don’t have. Help me to step out in faith and trust that as I walk in your favour and in obedience to you, you will enable me to walk in victory. Help me to shift my focus from my circumstances to how great you are, God Most High. Let the stories that come from this be a testimony to your greatness and goodness, and may many hear and be saved. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh