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Genesis 16-18

My Thoughts

  • We have to be careful of our attitude when those around us look down upon us for the stand we take or for the inabilities of the flesh. However we can take that stand in a righteous way and not allow that spirit to stay with among us.
  • God once again promises Abram that he will be the father of many nations, but with the specifics that it is through the throne of God.
  • God’s covenant is proclaimed through Abraham. God instructs Abraham to circumcise the men, to set them apart and remind them of the covenant that God has for them.
  • God proclaims his promise through words, changing Abram and Sarai’s names and through the circumcision. These 3 things are testaments of what God has blessed Abraham and Sarah with, being the father and mother of many nations.
  • When Abraham saw the people of the Lord coming to visit, he was quick to be hospitable, taking them in and serving them.
  • Abraham could have faith and believe that God would make him the father of many nations but it was more difficult to believe against the odds of human ability. He trusted God to lead him from a known land to an unknown land, but he and Sarah laughed when they were promised a son.
  • When God gives us a promise, let’s not laugh at its fulfillment or God’s power to see it come to pass. Even when it seams impossible, God is on our side and we know that all things work best through and for him.
  • Is anything to hard for God?
  • Abraham seeks mercy for Lot and his family when they didn’t see or understand the great necessity for escape.
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Genesis 11-15

My Thoughts

  • We can’t assume to be able to think above God and go around his plan as those building the tower of Babel thought.
  • God will confuse all those that attempt to be god.
  • God promised to Abram that his children would one day have Canaan and all the inhabitants at this time, more than 400+ years before the fulfillment. When God gives us a promise through his word, let us be careful not to dismiss it as too big or hard to grasp when the time comes for us to receive that promise.
  • Abram acted immediately with out question when God directed him to get up and move.
  • A caution to fear man – when Abram told Pharaoh that Sarai was his sister for fear of his life.
  • A careful and Godly way to handle situations, take the humble way. As Abram let Lot take first pick even though it seamed to be the better choice.
  • Abram didn’t want to be made rich through the hands of Sodom. He wasn’t willing to take any reward for rescuing those that had been taken by the enemy. But he also let his men choose, he didn’t speak for them or their experience.
  • God makes Abram a promise to provide for each need bountifully.
  • Abram had the kind of relationship with God that he could bluntly ask what concerned him and expect to receive and answer.

This week I got some news that could be unsettling. And I knew that I there were 2 ways for me to handle it. I could get depressed and worry about what the future might hold. I could pull into myself and not trust. I could do my own thing and get frantic trying to find a solution to the problem. Or I can trust in God to take care of it. I can give it to him. I can continue to do what I know I need to do and let God handle the rest. This isn’t saying that I’m not concerned about my future, but that I know that God has a plan and will bring it to pass if I let him have all control.

As I was going through my morning the song His Eye is on the Sparrow came to mind.

 

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Civilla D. Martin

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart be lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
My constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Chorus:
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
For His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Let not your heart be troubled
His tender word I hear
And resting on His goodness
I lose my doubts and fears
I draw Thee closer to me
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Repeat Chorus

And I know He watches me

I was reminded that there is no need to be worried about the future. If God is concerned about the sparrows, wouldn’t he be concerned about us? In Luke 12 we are told that we are more to God than the sparrows. We have no need to worry, for God is watching over and protecting us.

As I was thinking of this I went to the scriptures looking for a specific verse and while I didn’t find the one I wanted I found 2 others that were just what I needed.

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

And speaking of Abraham:

Romans 4:18-22 – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

I was so encouraged. God has promised to supply ALL my needs, not my wants, not my desires (even though he does consider them), but my needs. Because of this promise, I can trust as Abraham did. His situation was more impossible than mine and he staggered not. He trusted that God would come through on his word and do as he promised.

We can hold on to this. When life brings trials our way, we can trust in God and his promises. There is not one promise that he as broken, one prayer he hasn’t answered, one time that he has left us alone. God is. And we can have confidence in him.

(photo borrowed from Birds of the Bible)

Is Anything to Hard for God?

 It’s out of your hands
You’ve done all you can do
You’ve given God the problem
It’s no longer up to you
You’ve prayed the prayer of faith
You’re standing on God’s truth
While you’re waiting on the answer
He has a question for you

Is anything too hard for God?
Who’s got a problem
Beyond His power to solve?
Are there situations
He’s not the Master of?
Is any thing too hard for God?

Only believe
Trust His word
You’ll see
His plans are now unfolding
Performing perfectly
It’s clear how much He loves you
Look at all He’s done
For all your questions
There’s really only one

Is anything too hard for God?
Who’s got a problem
Beyond His power to solve?
Are there situations
He’s not the Master of?
Is anything too hard for God?

~The belief that we can express towards God’s power.
Jeremiah 32:17 – Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

~An impossible situation with man, made possible through and because of God’s plan.
Genesis 18:9-14 – And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

~Future accounts of this story, to encourage us to have faith and truly hold on to the promise that NOTHING is to hard for God.
Hebrews 11:11 – Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Romans 4:16 -21 – Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 ~Our promise to hold on to.
Luke 1:37  – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

We can rest assure on that promise, there is NOTHING in our life that is too big or hard or confusing or messy or troubling for our God to take care of. The situations that we find ourselves in are all of these things because we are human and in our human thinking these situations can overwhelm us. But remember that God doesn’t think the way we do, his power is almighty, and he has everything under control.

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