Genesis 14: 8-17
Verse 14 says, ” Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”
If you read the entire passage, you will learn that the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were taken captive along with all their provisions. Now, Lot, Abraham’s brother’s son, was also taken captive. Someone escaped and informed Abraham about it.
It is Abraham’s (his name was still Abram at this stage) reaction which is note-worthy. The minute he heard his brother was in danger, he geared up all his resources and went in pursuit of the captors. It says he armed his 318 trained servants. I am guessing they were all the trained servants he had. It is not a small feat to fight against kings of nations (verse 9). But he did and he won and brought Lot to safety.
What is our reaction when a fellow brother is in need? Do we have that burning desire to help in any way? Or do we turn a cold ear and heart? We may never have to physically fight someone but we can learn from Abraham’s response.
If you know of someone in need – whether it is financially or someone who needs an encouraging word, you can do your part to help. You may be the answer someone needs to turn their life around. If God could use Abraham in Lot’s time of need, He can use you too.