Nothing in life just happens. Your circumstances are not only under the gaze of God, but they are employed by God.
The story of Abram and his nephew Lot is told as a trilogy. The second episode of the trilogy involves Abram attacking a fleet of four Kings to redeem his nephew Lot. All of this can appear to be happenstance. Abram has no business fighting these four kings with 318 men (whether literal or figurative, that’s not a lot of people). What is a purely secular event becomes sacred by the involvement of Abram. This battle introduces the name of God on the stage of the then known world. It also falls in line with God’s promise to make Abram great.
Text: Genesis 14:13-24
Main Idea: God uses the complexity of our circumstances to fight our battles, make famous his name and situate us for greatness.
1) God uses the complexity our circumstances as His platform to fight your battles
a. Ole Abe was outnumbered, overpowered and under-resourced, but He won. He teaches us that some fights are necessary… even when the odds are against us. Abe fights because the life of his nephew, and perhaps closest relative is at stake. It is always appropriate to fight for the reclamation of your family.
b. Ole Abe also teaches us that when promise has you defeat cannot overtake you. All evidence suggests that God fought this fight for Abram as part of His plan to make Abram great. God defended His personal promise and interest by granting Abram a victory the two captured kingdoms could not win.
2. God uses the complexity of our circumstances as His platform to make His Name Famous
a. The post victory celebration involves the King of Sodom and the King of Salem. It seems like God allowed this circumstance to happen so that His name would be pronounced at the victory celebration. The King of Sodom needed to know the God Most High. By pronouncing the name Most High God, the King of Salem makes famous the name of God through the land.
b. God will likewise use the complexity of your circumstances and the victories He wins in your life to pronounce His name to the world around you.
3. God uses the complexity of our circumstances as Your platform to demonstrate your faithfulness through your finances
a. Abe gives Melchizedek, the King of Salem, a tenth of all the spoil acquired in victory. Even though this text predates God’s command to tithe Abram teaches us fundamental lesson about what our gifts communicate. Your tenth communicates your gratitude for the victories He has won in your life.
b. Got any mountains the Lord has brought you over? Any valleys He’s seen you through? Any victories won? Then give Him your best.
Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013 @ 6:02 PM CDT