8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five. 10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain. 11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
Here is an entire war, with events and characters that we know virtually noting about, and frankly we probably wouldn’t learn even this much if their feud hadn’t intersected with Abram’s life via the capture of his nephew Lot.
For the Biblical record is an account of God and His covenant people, not an entire history of the world. Thus there are many things glossed over or outright skipped, so long as they didn’t intersect with that central God-Israelite story.
And how many of the broader world events today will be less than footnotes in our story? How many things that seem so big right now, that weigh so heavily on the mind, are actually meaningless periphery in the greater tale of God and His children?
I realize that many of the trending stories in the world today really aren’t worth my time or energy. The stress and the anxiety they can cause only serve to distract me, to take me out of my role in the greater story. More than trying to understand the world’s story, I ought to focus my energy on understanding His.