Repaid


 
When Abraham began his exploration of what was to be the “Promised Land,” he took his nephew Lot with him. Along the way, they both became so wealthy with flocks and herds that they had to part company to find sufficient grazing land. Abraham gave Lot the first choice of where he wanted to go, and Lot chose the fertile plain of the Jordan and settled there. Sometime later, the kings of that area were attacked by an invading army and Lot and his family were taken captive.

Abraham could have ignored the trouble his nephew was in; “Oh well, you were the one who wanted to live there!” But, Abraham wasn’t like that. His selfless nature was one of the traits God counted on him having.

Proverbs 24:12 says, “Remember those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”

Abraham didn’t have this verse in front of him, but he had the principle of it in his heart. It was a sizable army that captured Lot, but Abraham set out to rescue him anyway.

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out to the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people” (Genesis 14:14-16).

It doesn’t seem likely that such a small force would rout a large army but that verse in Romans says, “Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” (Romans 2:6). As Abraham was going to the aid of his nephew, God was going to the aid of Abraham.

It might seem sometimes that our brother is in too much trouble for us to do anything about it but nonetheless we are obligated to try. Who knows what God might do for us in return?

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