I’m sure you all are doing fine. I know I am. I guess I should start by saying something that has been on my mind all week, and it’s something my Pastor says all the time, but I think I just believed it this week. It’s something quite simple, yet extraordinary. “I am ordained for glory, not for shame and reproach.” 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Reading through people’s biographies gives us a deeper insight into who they are, the actions they took and tells us more about their personalities. We tend to look more into Abraham’s life based on the promises God has made to him probably because it reflects back to us as his children, or because we are amazed that just one person could obtain those promises. At least for a lot of us, we are first introduced to Abraham because of these promises. You know what I’m talking about…. those songs we sing in Sunday-schools……
Abrahams’ blessings are mine 2x
I am blessed in the morning
I am blessed in the evening
Abraham’s blessings are mine
And my personal favorite…..
Father Abraham had many sons
Many sons had father Abraham
I am one of them and so are you
So let’s all praise the Lord
Right arm, left arm…..
We also know him as the father of faith. I mean, he left his father’s land to go somewhere he doesn’t know because he was following God’s instructions. These are all wonderful things, but that’s not all there is to him. Genesis 14 shows that he doesn’t just have faith, he also trusts God and never for once tried to take God’s glory. In that chapter, his brother, Lot, who had departed from him was captured by people who seemed undefeatable. Even the almighty king of Sodom could not pursue them out of fear. However, Abraham pursued with ordinary servants as soon as he heard, and he won. This intrigued the king of Sodom so much so that he just had to meet this strange somebody. He said to him; Blessed be the most high God which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.
The king was so fascinated by Abraham’s bravery that he wanted to compensate Abraham for his bravery. Now, this side of Abraham is hardly pronounced- he was very humble. He told the king to his face that the victory belongs to God who sustained him (listen to Victory Belongs to Jesus by Todd Dulaney). Therefore, he doesn’t need to be compensated by the king. It’s not just that he got his brother back, but the kingdom is now free from terror by these people. Abraham had the most intriguing response to the king; I will not take anything that is thine lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich. Isn’t that just interesting? He is blessed by God. It wouldn’t have been a crime or a bad thing to collect the compensation from the king because he could be a part of that blessing. However, if the king does say he made Abraham rich, where is God’s sustenance in all that?
Let me leave you with this question: How many of us would have refused that offer simply because it would not have given God the glory?