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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