In Genesis 14, we find Abram going to battle to rescue his nephew Lot. After he successfully retrieved Lot and more, he is met by Melchizedek who was King of Jerusalem at the time and a priest for God. He blessed Abram and used the phrase “of the most high God.” He goes on to bless God as the most high God who possesses heaven and earth and who delivered his enemies to him.
God as El Elyon, is not to be taken lightly. This nams emphasizes his strength and his sovereignty. It further states his reign of heaven and earth which is so important for us to know and understand.
Being on earth and seeing so many negative things take place is what makes people question God’s existence. Many will say if he has the power then why does he allow so much to happen.
The reality is no one will ever know all of God’s why’s. We must understand he allows so much on earth because with being here he has allowed us as people to have choice. Even with believing in him, he gives us a choice because does not want us to love him out of fear, guilt, or by force. Now how we choose varies, we can choose his will or our own will and often when we choose the latter things tend to go left.
Regardless of what happens, part of believing in God is believing the unknown aspects of him. It is trusting that ultimately no matter what happens on earth he has control over things that happen. How he chooses to control those things is up to him, but I can vouch that his plan always turns out better than my own.
When Abram heard about Lot being captured, he did not linger and worry or complain to God about why he allowed Lot to be captured. Instead, he activated his faith in God, boldly moved forward and retrieved Lot. The beauty of Abram’s victory is that he was not this well taught warrior. He strictly won his battles through the covering of God. His awareness of the being of God is what further kept him in such a close relationship with God. After the victory, he gave honor to God as El Elyon knowing that it was through him the battle was won.
Today, meditate on Genesis 14. Pay attention to Abram’s actions, Melchizedek’s praise, and how God shows himself as El Elyon. Praise God for a time he has been El Elyon in your life. Then, identify an area of your life that you desire to see God move as El Elyon again. Tell him and believe that he will work the situation out in a way far beyond you could have imagined.