Genesis 14:19 (KJV) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth

Growing up Joe always felt he was getting the short end of the stick because of his position in the family, he was the last child. He was a boy with a big appetite and always found it annoying that when it was time for meals, his mother would dish out three portions and ask his elder sisters to select first starting with the eldest and he got left with the last portion, which to his mind was the smallest and with the least attractive piece of meat.

This annoyance was heightened by the fact that he was the one sent most on errands because he gets sent both by his parents and his elder siblings and it was law in his house that he wouldn’t disrespect his elder siblings. If only he had a younger one, he mused.

You can tell how mature a man is in his walk with God by how much of his rights and privileges he is willing to forgo for the sake of God. Take Abraham for example. Abraham had left Haran, in answer to God’s call, in the company of his nephew Lot. However, when a contention arose between his men and Lot’s men, the manner in which Abraham handled the matter showed he wasn’t like just any other man. He gave Lot the opportunity to choose first.

Likewise, when Sodom and Gomorrah became involved in the fight with the four kings, Lot was captured along with others and Abraham (then Abram) organized his household into an army and fought the four kings, defeated them, and rescued Lot along with the other captures. He also recovered their goods as spoils. As was the practice in those times, he was entitled to keeping the spoils for himself for all his effort, but yet again, he resolutely refused to take up this right insisting that he would give no one the opportunity of robbing God of his glory by saying that they made Abraham rich. His interest in God’s glory overrode and superseded his desire for material gain.

One of the reasons why Abraham could think like this is because he had come to know God not just as the one who leads him out of his father’s house, but also as the possessor of heaven and earth (See Genesis 14:22-23), this understanding that God owns everything made it sensible to him that if he were to forego something that could taint his testimony, he ultimately has suffered no disadvantage.

Go into today knowing that suffering a temporary loss in obedience to God ultimately is gain.

Prayer: Lord, let my interest in your glory supersede my desire for material gain. Help me know you more. Amen.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

Bible In One Year: Psalms 131-133 (In Devotional Audio)
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