Anyone who has watched football has seen the celebrations for a job well done. Many times it is about the player himself, jumping and yelling or dancing and celebrating what they have done. But many players choose to celebrate like this, thanking the one who really made it happen. I’m not saying that God made the touchdown, but God gave the gifts and talents to the players who made it happen. And the players who acknowledge where their power, strength and ability came from, give credit where credit is due.
When Abram heard that his nephew had been captured by the armies that had invaded Sodom, he decided to rescue him. “When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” (Gen 14:14) Notice he is taking only 318 men to attack a force that had taken an entire city, a force of multiple kings joined together. And he succeeded. What followed is just as interesting as the successful battle itself.
Two leaders seek to give Abram some sort of praise. What we see is the purpose behind the praise and Abram’s response is quite different between the two.
The first was Melchizedek. “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” (Gen 14:18-20) Notice that Melchizedek was giving credit to the God Most High and Abram’s response was a tithe. His credit was to God and Abram’s response respected that.
Next was the king of Sodom (the city where Lot had been kidnapped from). He offers to Abram to keep all the riches he rescued reclaimed from the enemy. But Abram wanted nothing to do with that reward. “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand[c] to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” (Gen 14:22-23) The king sought to give all credit to Abram and himself for the reward he was giving to Abram. Abram’s response was to have nothing to do with him.
How often do we have victories in our lives and give credit to the wrong person. When we have victories, it is because God willed it. Even if on the surface it seems as thought it was on our own talents, He is the one who empowered us with those talents. God is the only one that deserves the credit for those victories in our life.
Thank Him, praise Him and celebrate Him… for He is the one who custom made you “for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10b)
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