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Thought For Today: “Faith Sees Beyond The Immediate”
When the four kings of the East made war against the five kings in the Jordan Valley region, including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, and defeated them, they took all the citizens and possessions along with Abraham’s nephew, Lot.
Abraham then took 318 of his own servants and shepherds and attacked, and through the Lord won a great victory against superior forces.
After Abraham’s victory, and upon his return, the king of Sodom met him and told him to keep what he had retrieved. But Abraham refused to put himself under any obligation that might discredit the Lord in the future, and instead gave all credit to God.
But then he said something that we should also pay attention to. He said, “I will not take anything that is yours lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” (Genesis 14:23)
Right after this God blesses Abraham saying, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
Abraham saw by faith the blessings that would far exceed the present reward. And that is exactly what faith does. Faith sees beyond immediate gratification and refuses to compromise its future through present actions.
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