January 10 – Rescued into Blessing

Abram’s nephew, Lot, traveled with Abram and his wife, Sarai, and over time both men prospered with their herds.  After a while, it became necessary for the men to separate. It was best that they went different ways so that the land could support their large flocks and herds.  Lot pitched his tents near Sodom because the valley was well watered.  Unfortunately, this was a volatile area and during a war involving several kings, Lot and his family were captured in the mix of battle.  Uncle Abram and 318 trained men bravely rescued Lot and his family.  Then Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” I can imagine Lot and his family being really thankful for the God of Abram and for the mighty rescue.  How wonderful when blessings from God return to God in praise.  We can sing about receiving a blessing from the Lord and giving back to Him praise for it, and that is a wonderful principle to live by.  Sometimes singing how we ought to live is a great start to form up our mindset.  We can then move it from principle to practice and live from a grateful heart.

Genesis 14:19b-20a NLT