2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
God promises to meet all of our needs. He called abram out of a place where he was likely the most comfortable, to a place unknown and blessed him along the way. I want to live a life of faith that trusts God to provide even when I don’t know what is going to happen next.
13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
Wherever we go on this earth, there will be wickedness. It is an integral part of sinful man. It is why we need a savior. By Abram giving the choice to Lot, he in effect was letting the Lord choose. We will see that Lot made a bad choice. It eventually got Lot in some trouble. Sin is attractive and whenever we pitch our tents towards, near or in sin, we can never expect things to go well.
14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
I always think of these guys like Abram as being a bunch of guys with baggy robes who sat around and ate pita bread and dates and hung out with sheep. Apparently my stereotype is wrong. They were warriors, often times outnumbered but able to overcome the odds, because God was on their side. I am reminded that God is always on my side, always ready to defend me and fight on my behalf. Thank you Lord!
23 …I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, “I have made Abram rich’—
I want to be like Abram, and not manipulate my circumstances for my own benefit. I want this in order that God might receive all of the glory and all the credit in every area of my life. I know that I will need faith and His strength in order for me to live my life in this way.
6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
I used to wonder, “If Jesus is the only way a person can get to heaven, how is it that people in the Old Testament got to heaven? How were they made righteous?” Because they believed in the promise of God to Abram that He would provide the Messiah, through his seed. Jesus would be born through his lineage, through a son whom Abraham felt he would never have. With God all things are possible!
13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.
One of the things that speaks the loudest regarding the veracity (truth) of the bible is fulfilled prophecy. Here we read of God telling Abram that his descendants would ultimately go into captivity for a period of 400 years. This would come to pass, when His descendants would find themselves in Egyptian captivity hundreds of years later. I love this about the bible!