Before you wonder if this is one of those prosperity gospel appeals, today’s blog was inspired by a vision Abram receives from God in Genesis 15:1. Like a steady whisper that doesn’t go away as you’re trying to sleep, God compares Himself to abundant compensation. The book definition of compensation is something, typically money, awarded to someone as a recompense for loss, injury, or suffering. The context of Genesis 15 appears to be in the form of a blessing, rewarding obedience to God.
And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons and keep the goods for yourself. 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, 23 That I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich, Genesis 14:21-23.
Prior to this vision, Abram organizes an army of 318 men, likely trained servants to go into battle to rescue Lot who was a prisoner of war after Sodom his home was defeated. Moses details this battle in Genesis 14 which leads me to the passage above. Abram’s army successfully rescues Lot and returns all the people and possessions removed from Sodom. The victory by Abram’s men is recognized by Sodom’s king. However, Abram doesn’t feel comfortable accepting what the King of Sodom offered.
Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 33 But seek ([z]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides, Matthew 6:31-33.
Abram was filled with conviction which explained why he did not accept this king’s generous offer. Perhaps. Abram received the foresight from God to see the dangers of accepting this financial gift. Abram’s main concern was feeling some sort of obligation, like a politician has to their donors. Abram made it clear to any future king with a similar bribe, “my wealth come from the Lord.” During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a similar truth is unveiled. Anyone who hungers nad thirsts after God’s righteousness will be provided with everything they will need in life, 2 Peter 1:3-4. Subsequently, my help and wealth come from the Lord as well.
by Jay Mankus