(The Man Called Abraham)

Wed. 27th June, 2018

Genesis 14:17-20

_”After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.)_

_He blessed Abram, saying,”Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.”_

In life there are two categories of ‘helpers’ who will come our way as far as our prosperity is concerned. First, there are those who will yield themselves as instruments through which God will bless us. Then there are also those who would want to pride in the fact that they have made us who we are in life. God wants us to learn to walk with the first category of persons and desist from the latter category.

When Abraham conquered the nations and restored his nephew, Lot, his possessions and the people of Sodom, two different kings came to meet him in the valley of kings: Melchizedek the King of Salem and then also the king of Sodom. Abraham rejected the proposal of the King of Sodom but appreciated the offer of the king of Salem.

Both of them approached Abraham with a gesture that would make him rich. Melchizedek came purposely to declare divine blessings upon Abraham, but the king of Sodom proposed that Abraham takes their redeemed possessions and give back the people he freed. Abraham explained later that he would not give the king of Sodom the chance to boast that he has made Abraham rich.

Beloved, in our quest for prosperity in life, many people will come our way with offers meant to prosper us. However, we need to keep asking ourselves the kind of motive with which such offers are made. God grant us a discerning heart to know those who genuinely desire to see us prosper to the glory of God, amen.

Heavenly Father, please grant me the needed grace to discern those You have sent to me as divine helpers from those who are self centered, seeking every opportunity to manipulate me for selfish gains. Guide me oh God, in Jesus name, amen.

_Question for Meditation_
How can I know the motive with which a supposed helper wants to help me?

🙏🏽(Ps. Carl Baisie-Essel and the gdt Makers Family) 🙏🏽