Archive for February, 2012


Bargaining with God

In Genesis 18, a couple of things happen to Abraham.

First is when God tell Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son. Sarah can hardly believe what she was hearing, now that she was old she was going to have the pleasure and raising a son. The Lord asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” When you think about certain things happening in your life, always remember that nothing is impossible with God by your side.

Three visitors arrived at Abraham’s tent that night, but Abraham addressed them as one person, Lord. Did Abraham see God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit that night? He knew who it was that was there as he bowed low when he met them. He also pleaded with the three visitors to stay and rest before they went on their way.

The second part of this chapter has Abraham bargaining with God. He wants God to spare Sodom. He asks God, because he knew there were many in Sodom that were not following God’s law, if he would destroy the entire city, even the righteous. He said, “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?” God is just right? God would not destroy good people just because the majority are evil?

But listen to Abraham as he carries on this conversation with God. God says he will not destroy Sodom if there are fifty righteous people in it. Realizing his error, Abraham asks, “what of there are only 45?” God again agrees not to destroy the town if there are 45 righteous in it. This goes on until they reach the number of ten people. I see some good bargaining going on here. Abraham was possibly arguing with God about the future demise of an entire town.

What does this say to us? I would pose this; we can dialog with God and reason with Him if what we are asking is for the good of the kingdom of heaven, if it is just and does good. Earlier I wrote about crying out to God, this one being a little more wrestling with our circumstances in life and what we believe is right. In the end though, we need to trust in God’s judgement, if the answer is no, the answer is no.

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Cry Out!

Can we plead to God? Can we offer our cries of need, concern or desire to our Father in heaven? Absolutely! Read some of the Psalms. Most of the Psalms begin with heartfelt, gut wrenching cries of need, however they seem to always end in praising God almighty. Proving over and over again that no matter what storm we may be in the middle of, we should always praise the Lord.

I know there have been times that I have cried out to God. Why does this happen to me? Why didn’t I get that promotion I wanted? Why did my grandfather pass away so early? There where so many others as well. If I could only go back and realize that God was in control and that I should have been praising him for all of the lessons I learned throughout my life. I can now see how some of those times helped to mold my personality and lead me down the paths that have now led me to where I am today.

Praise God in your everyday lives, but don’t let that stop you from questioning God. Ask Him about the situations you are in, ask Him why things are happening to you. Now that you have done that……listen! Listen to what He is telling you, what he is telling you through the problems and trying times you are going through. Now finish by praising God for everything he has brought you through and the things that will continue to help you with. Trust Him, He will never fail you.

The Call of Abram

The call of God. It’s never easy and almost always calls us to step out in faith. 

Why is it that when we want to do something, it never really stretches us. Maybe because deep down we know what we can safely accomplish and maybe we are afraid of failure. Afraid that we will fall short of our goals and dreams. When we set out to do things on our own accord, we have nothing higher to put faith and trust in.

Faith is such a strong word and one that should not be just thrown around like it doesn’t mean anything, because for me, it means everything. Everyday we rely on faith and trust. The world around us uses these words like they were dime store candy and meant to be thrown away. Then Christ comes into our lives and our life becomes one that is rooted in those two words, faith and trust. Of course I could not leave out love, after all that is the greatest word! p down, we know what our limitations are and just what we think we can accomplish. However, God knows what we truly can accomplish if we are pushed. He knows our true potential and what talents we have, I mean, He gave them to us, right?

I know we just made it through Valentines Day, 2012 but I’m not talking about the love the world tells us about, but the love that Jesus demonstrated for us, agape love. So I say, Happy Valentines Day and I hope you experience agape love this week.

Buildings to the Sky

So the men of Genesis decided they were going to build something to their own greatness. They wanted to build a city and a tower, a tower that would stretch to the heavens so they could make a name for themselves.

Now, we see many times in the Bible when people decide they are more important than God, and want to build something or do something to make a name for themselves. They want to leave a legacy here on earth to their own greatness. God decides to teach them a lesson. He scatters them all over the earth and also confuses them by giving them different languages so they cannot understand what everyone else is saying.

So many times this story repeats itself throughout history, but yet we still do not listen. Stop thinking of yourselves! If you want to gain here on earth, help others around you, then you will be lifted high in heaven. If you want to leave a legacy here on earth, leave a story that others will talk about. Not a story that focuses on us, but the story of each one of us focusing on our Savior. Show the rest of the world what it means to live for Christ.

Don’t build the next biggest tower toward heaven because we all know that buildings come crashing down, but our love and faith in our God never fails and He will never fail us.

 

 

Questions?

Doubts, questions, problems; we’ve been surrounded by them. How do we make it through day after day? How do you make it? Do you avoid it, run away from the problem until you are so far away that the problem no longer matters? Do you analyze it, break it down until you know everything there is to know about it? No matter how you currently handle the problems and questions you face, you will never be truly at peace until you give it over to God and let Him handle it. There is a phrase that some think is overplayed, “God will never give you a problem that you can’t handle.” I believe this to be true, for obvious reasons. However, when you are in the middle of one of those valleys, it’s really hard to see a way out and is hard to trust God.

It is then that we need to remind ourselves to hold tight to the promise that God gave us. God said he would never leave us alone, He will walk with us whatever valley we travel in. It all takes faith. But the questions still come: Why am I here? Why is this happening to me? How am I going to make it through this?

Hold on to Jesus. When you are faced with problems, hold on to Jesus for life.