Genesis 14: Humility in victory!
According to the scholars and from the reading of Genesis 14, we find this chapter is hanging out here without a real flow. It is not necessarily connected to any other part of the Bible specifically, other than giving some foundation for the story we heard before and after. In the earlier chapters and the ones following this, we find references to the life of Lot, the nephew of Abram.
However, when we go deeper into the study we will find, as always is the case, there is more to the story in each chapter. The one I want to focus today is found in verse 22 and thereafter, where we read of the God who created heaven and earth. There is an emphasis on the creator of the universe and all that exists and a person’s response to life when met with success and failure.
I find this is much more than about the God who is the creator of the world. This is about a God whose magnificent power extends beyond the creation of heaven and earth. God not only creates, which is affirmed in that verse but sustains. The power lies not just in creation, but it is greater in sustaining it. While these words say that we are not self-made, as some might assume in the modern world, it also says the power of life stands outside us and life is given to us.
In a world where we speak about who is the author of life, whether it is God or science or whether it is by chance or evolution, we have to believe in one principle that, in the end, life originated outside of us and it is given to us at some point as a gift. The whole chapter leads one to the fact that God is the creator of all and therefore God is the sustainer of all of life. Abram acknowledges it and gives thanks to God for it.
Abram defeated the king. As a victorious person, he had every right to possess the land, the people and everything else. The discourse between the king and Abram points to that fact. But Abram is clear of his future and what he wants in the end. It is not the possessions of the world and the land. It is following what God wants him to do. As we saw in the earlier chapter, Lot took what he thought was the best and fertile land, and Abram took what he was blessed with in the leftover. Abram trusts God again as before, and sure enough, we will see Abram’s journey is not over yet.
He wants nothing from the king because he has plenty from God. His focus is purely on what is given to him by God and everything else is not worth anything. When Abram swears by God that he wants nothing more than what he has been blessed with, he also is saying he is content with his portion.
So in the end, I want to invite you to reflect: Is what you have enough to be content with? What are you not satisfied with, in life and why not? Is God the God of your possessions, your life, and your future?
Acknowledge God as the creator and sustainer of your life. Be content with what you have. Give back what does not belong to you. Bless even when you are defeated. Build even when things fall apart. These are simple lessons and solutions to lead a happy and content life. Failure and loss is part of life, but living into them is like living in the past. Let bygones be bygones. Living into the future is what makes us children of the moment.