In our life group this week we were talking about how good we had it growing up in the ’50’s and ’60’s. We were too young to be called up into the army, we missed the two World Wars, upward mobility through education was possible, and yet we didn’t have the stress that kids today seem to be struggling with. We’ve had it good so far.
In Genesis 14 v 11 – 16, we find the first instance of Abram rescuing nephew Lot and his family. There had been absolute carnage on the battle field between all these waring tribes. Lot hadn’t actually been in the battle but the fact that he had associated himself with the city of Sodom got him involved in their downfall, and he and all his possessions got carried off.
Thankfully, there was a survivor from all this disaster who had the presence of mind to report it to Abram. Why did he go there? In the midst of chaos and fighting here was one man who kept himself out of it. He had not allied himself with the warmongers, but sought to live in peace with his neighbours. That was his strength.
A few thoughts spring to mind in this bit of the story –
- Lot was vulnerable because he positioned himself unwisely in the midst of evil.
- God protected the messenger – someone whose name we don’t even know – but his purpose in the plans of God ensured his survival.
- God, as well as uncle Abram, cared for Lot in spite of his bad life choices
- If Abram hadn’t held his position out of the fighting, they would have all perished.
- Abram had good relationships with his neighbours, and was able to call on them in this time of need. (v 13, 24)
Life for us up to now has been relatively comfortable, but who knows what the future has in store. These times of austerity are not comfortable for many of those living around us. So it’s important that we keep good relationships as far as possible, and position ourselves as closely as possible to the God who saves and protects.
When disaster strikes, and others are in need, who are they going to run for help to?