You’ve finally gotten the baby down for a nap. You’ve finally nailed a job interview. You’ve finally won the battle with cancer. Or, maybe the baby is still screaming after countless rocks, the interviewer said thanks but no thanks, the chemo treatments appear never-ending and hopeless.
Sister, come visit Genesis 14 with me.
Abraham (then called Abram) was on the top of the world. He and his men had swiftly and impressively defeated a band of kings. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, was now safe and sound, rescued from a dismal fate. An Old Testament reflection of Christ, known as Melchizedek, even bestows on Abraham an incredible blessing.
It was a glorious moment. One of those moments when it is easy to relish in the shower of praise, to leap upon reward with greediness and self-indulgence, to pridefully welcome whoever offers honor — and forget about the Lord.
But that’s not what Abraham does. He doesn’t compromise his faith.