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Genesis 18-20


A Devotional Journey
   led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Genesis 18-20
January 8                                   
          The continuing provision by God for Abraham and his family is seen once more in the promise of a son to Abraham and Sarah, in the saga of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and in their interaction with another local ‘king.’
            The promise of God’s blessing seems impossible given the couple’s advanced age, but the rejoinder of the angel is telling:  “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  It is also instructive to see how Sarah reacts to the angel’s discovery of her doubts:  she denies them. This is unnecessary as far as God is concerned (He knows our limits), but a very predictable pattern in human behavior (we fear our own weakness).
            As Abraham is being blessed, his nephew, who has put himself in harm’s way through an association with the most evil people of his day, faces annihilation. So the uncle intercedes on behalf of his nephew in a conversation filled with the nuances and feeling of ancient desert negotiations:  starting with a high number, Abraham tries to gain agreement from God to the lowest number possible.
The shocking reality is that there could not be found even ten godly people in the entire area of Sodom and Gomorrah!
            The human tendency to ignore God’s warnings even and recklessly insist on fulfillment at any price is seen in the death of Lot’s wife and the birth of Lot’s children, the latter being one of the most amazing and frank stories in the Bible.
            In the end, God is still protecting Abraham and Sarah from their own fear induced actions, and His plan is not deterred by any of the events which have occurred.
            Do you ever imagine that there is no hope for your future, either because you are past the possibility of success, or because your choices have put you on a collision course with some disaster?  When that happens do you ever allow yourself to ignore God’s clear teaching and try other things?  Do you ever panic and as a result simply increase the harm of a situation instead of reducing it?  Have you ever decided too hastily that only you could protect your own interests and it would be unwise to wait for the Lord to intervene?
            In the story of Abraham and Sarah God repeatedly asserts that He is in control, that He has a plan, and that He will come through in our lives if we will patiently trust Him.
Do you trust God?  Do you trust Him to supply your needs?  Do you trust His analysis of how life should be lived?  Are you willing to persevere in the uncertainties and difficulties of life with the belief that somehow, in some way, God will prevail and bring His blessings into your life?
            Think of some situation in which you are afraid or discouraged and ask God to help you, both to trust Him and to live though. It’s always surprising how much God can do.
© A. Eugene Pearson  2011