As a very special young lady began to sing ‘I am not alone’ at church yesterday morn, I felt the Presence of God so powerfully I was moved to tears. With uplifted hands I worshipped the Almighty God, my Savior! It matters not whether the path is smooth or the most challenging ever, I do not walk it alone. My God goes before me and he will never leave me!
As I read this morning of an encounter Abraham had, I saw it from a different angle that ever before. I know that God is always with me and for that I praise him. But if you know God, you know he goes above and beyond in the loving and providing category and I’m so thankful! Sometimes when we think it is just God and us, he sends a friend, a loved one, or maybe a total stranger to confirm God’s hand of provision. For Abraham it was Melchizedek king of Salem (aka Jerusalem).
Abraham and Lot had gone their separate ways but then Lot found himself in the middle of a war between several kings in the plains where he lived. He and many others were taken captive so Abraham and his allies came to the rescue. When they returned, Melchizedek came out to bring bread and wine and bless Abraham saying-
“’Blessed be Abraham by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.” Genesis 14: 19-20
What fascinates me most about this little known king, who the writer of Hebrews describes as a type of Christ, is that he is surrounded by pagans yet is a priest of God Most High. For the last few chapters it has seemed as if Abraham and his family were alone in serving and seeking God. Then out of this pagan culture comes a king onto the scene as a God follower! So unexpected but so welcome!
I know that I am never alone because God walks with me always yet I’m also thankful that God in his great love for me sometimes sends reassurance through another… sometimes a complete stranger.
Abraham was so moved to come across another God follower, he gave a tenth of everything to Melchizedek (first 10% tithe).