Genesis 14:8, 14-16 (ESV)
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim
14 When Abram heard that his kinsman 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. 15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.
This could be Abraham’s worst nightmare. Five kings joined together to destroy their land. Abraham and his family were in danger. But instead of panicking and running away, they fought back.
An army versus a family. How could that happen? Is Abraham on a suicide mission and is he bringing his entire household to die in the hands of this five kings?
Well verse 14 tells us that Abraham led his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them.
Abraham was ready. He had trained men. He did his assignment even before the fight. His household was ready for a battle. They were not looking for a fight but when the fight comes to them, they are ready to face an army.
318 trained men versus an army led by five kings.
Abraham did not just end with training. He had a plan. He strategized. He assigned the trained men their position in battle. They had it to a T. Every thing was well planned and executed.
The end result: They defeated an army. A trained house hold defeated an army of trained men.
It got me thinking. Am I training my household to be battle ready? Have I trained my daughters well when the battle comes. Am I ready to lead my family like Abraham?
Something to think about today….