Friday, June 8, 2012

But the Lord Remained

Genesis 18:16-33

God has many different ways that He communicates with us and we've even seen some of those ways in reading through Abraham's story.  We are not given a lot of details about all of Abraham's interactions because in some of the stories we are told that God spoke to Abraham, but there are other times when we read about Abraham having a vision.  The verses I looked at yesterday and today show us how God physically came to him.  It is interesting because in reading through the Bible we also see how God will use dreams or prophets to speak to us as well.  Other times He uses people in our lives to tell us something we need to hear.  He also uses the Bible to speak to us and He can even speak to our hearts while we are praying.  There are some people who have audibly heard God.  The verses I am looking at in Genesis today begins a story that many people are familiar with because it is about Sodom and Gomorrah and continued interaction that God had with Abraham.  Please read Genesis 18:16-33.

This is such an interesting interaction between God and Abraham because God chooses to reveal His plan for Sodom and Gomorrah.  Remember, Abraham has special interest in Sodom because his nephew, Lot lived in Sodom.  Abraham loved Lot and didn't want to see destruction come his way.  In this interaction, Abraham begins to plead for the people who live in the city who are righteous in God's eyes.  What I find interesting is that Abraham started at 50 righteous people and settled on 10 righteous people as if he already knew that God wasn't going to find very many people who would be considered righteous.  And the wonderful thing was that God listened to Abraham's pleas and understood his cry for salvation; He agreed to spare the city if 10 righteous people could be found.  But there was something even more amazing to me as I read this story.

Notice verse 22; the NLT says the Lord remained with Abraham and the NIV says that Abraham remained standing before the Lord.  Either way, there is something significant happening here.  I think Abraham wanted to continue talking with God about His plan and God chose to stay to hear what Abraham had to say.  That is beautiful to me!  God didn't just reveal a plan and then walk away, He allowed time for Abraham to ask questions.  He remained with Abraham.  I think this is important to remember:  God doesn't just want a one-sided relationship with us.  When He speaks with us He wants us to converse with Him.  He wants us to consider what He has told us and ask questions or respond to Him.  It is okay to talk to Him; which is outrageous when you consider that He is Creator of everything and above all things.  We are told that we can come boldly before God because of Jesus.  Hebrews 10:19-20 (NLT) tells us, "And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place." 

Do you remain with God and ask questions?

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