Familial Relations

by Carolyn Hope

When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives. (Genesis 14:14-16)

When Abraham left his country to follow God’s call, he brought his wife and his nephew, Lot. Lot’s father, Haran, died fairly early in life, and so Abraham took Lot in. Abraham kept a careful eye on him throughout their journey to Canaan. As they walked together, God blessed them both. They became very wealthy, so much so that the plot of land they shared could no longer support them both. Abraham and Lot decided to part ways, and Abraham graciously offered his nephew the first pick of the land before them. Lot decided to settle in a city called Sodom.

Sodom was a distasteful choice for a destination, for it brought much trouble into Lot’s life. In this part of the story, Sodom (along with a few other cities) lost a war, and because of that, Lot was taken captive. When Abraham heard what had happened, he wasted no time in going after his nephew. With a mere 318 men, Abraham did what five fighting forces could not do: he defeated the enemy and brought back every captive as well as multitudes of plunder. He rescued Lot. He fearlessly fought for his nephew. Lot wasn’t necessarily the ‘Best Nephew Ever.’ He wasn’t perfect, and he made plenty of mistakes. That did not stop Abraham from doing everything in his power to ensure he was safe.

The love you have for your family will motivate you to do crazy, reckless, unprecedented things. When you fight for those you love, there is a relentless force driving you forward until your mission is complete. Family is worth fighting for. Are they perfect? No. Do they mess up sometimes? Yes. You can still choose to actively love them and ardently pursue them.

Be there for your family when no one else is. Give them grace beyond understanding. Fight battles for them even when it will leave you bloody and bruised. God created families, and He created them to be together. Choose unity. Choose peace. Fight for your family, not against them. Let your love for your relatives be a fire within you too great to keep contained.

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