Genesis 14: 1-16: Fighting for your family.
1-2 Then this: Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim went off to war to fight Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. 3-4 This second group of kings, the attacked, came together at the Valley of Siddim, that is, the Salt Sea. They had been under the thumb of Kedorlaomer for twelve years. In the thirteenth year, they revolted. 5-7 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him set out and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as El Paran on the far edge of the desert. On their way back they stopped at En Mishpat, that is, Kadesh, and conquered the whole region of the Amalekites as well as that of the Amorites who lived in Hazazon Tamar. 8-9 That’s when the king of Sodom marched out with the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. They drew up in battle formation against their enemies in the Valley of Siddim—against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10-12 The Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into the tar pits, but the rest escaped into the mountains. The four kings captured all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, all their food and equipment, and went on their way. They captured Lot, Abram’s nephew who was living in Sodom at the time, taking everything he owned with them. 13-16 A fugitive came and reported to Abram the Hebrew. Abram was living at the Oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and Aner. They were allies of Abram. When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken prisoner, he lined up his servants, all of them born in his household—there were 318 of them—and chased after the captors all the way to Dan. Abram and his men split into small groups and attacked by night. They chased them as far as Hobah, just north of Damascus. They recovered all the plunder along with nephew Lot and his possessions, including the women and the people.” NIV
It seems Lot had not been too long in Sodom when any illusions he had about the place were punctured. It appears he had seen only beauty there (13:10). He soon discovered that danger lurked around the corner. As we will discover, Sodom posed dangers to Lot and his family in more ways than one. But he had made his choice.
‘We make our choices, and then our choices turn around and make us.’
Lot became a captive (12).
But Abram’s attitude was not that Lot had made his bed and he should jolly well lie in it. No, he went to war on behalf of his relative (14-16). In this, Abram is an example to us all. We have relatives who are captives to sin. They don’t know Christ and maybe it seems they don’t want to know Him. What are we to do? Wring our hands in discouragement and see it as inevitable that they are lost? Not at all. Let’s determine we will go to war in prayer for them and bring them back. If we never do see them return it will have nothing to do with our unbelief and prayer-less-ness. Whenever I hear a story of a conversion, or a prodigal coming home, I often read about a praying person in the wings of their life.
So, don’t be disheartened. I heard a Scottish preacher on one occasion and he just kept saying, ‘It’s a fight all the way, but fight on brother!’
PRAYER: Lord I bring to you in prayer…and ask that this prisoner to sin will be set free. Help me, please, to persevere in praying for them, and not lose heart.