Integrated life

January 14, 2018

Genesis 14:11-… So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.

Verse 13…Then one who had escaped came and told Abram, the Hebrew.

Verse 14… When Abram heard that his kinsmen 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. He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Horeb, north of Damascus.

            We read in Hebrews that Abram is the father of the faithful. He was, and is, highly regarded by the Jews. This story let us know that he also had typical human emotions. When he learned that some warring kings had taken his nephew, Lot, captive, he was angry and set out to rescue him. He did as he planned and God was with him.

Verse 20… And blessed be God Most high, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.

            God defeated the enemies that Abram pursued. God did not stop and try to teach Abram something; He fought for him. God separated Abram from the people of the world with a covenant. Even thought that was true, Abram was still a human with emotions and opinions. God did not strip him of emotions and opinions. I am persuaded that God does not strip us of emotions and opinions either. I have observed that emotions and opinions have gotten humans, including me, in trouble time and again. Still, God does not take them away.

            The big picture of our life with God looks like this: It is fully integrated. It is not separated into worldly living and Godly living. God doesn’t take us out of the world, but He keeps us from the evil one. (John 17:15) When you are saved, God doesn’t remove your brain; He redeems it. Not all of your thoughts will be pure and holy; but, you are saved because of Jesus, not because of your righteous thoughts. Look to Jesus, the perfecter of your faith.