09/12/15 – 260
Genesis 25:7-11 Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.
And so we find ourselves at the end of a 100 year journey for Abraham. Remember he was 75 when God first called him to leave his family in Ur. But don’t you think that he had to be preparing for some time prior to that too, just to be ready to hear God when he called?
We learned a lot from Abraham and Sarah (I hope). They had their ups and downs, just as we do. Those spiritual hills and valleys, and the actions that followed, affected not just them but many other people. In fact, what they did with Hagar is still affecting the world today. Don’t ever think your sin is ‘nobody’s business but mine’.
We learned that even though we are living in faith, fear can trip us up like it did when Abraham lied about being married to Sarah to the Egyptians and later to Abimelek. Maybe that’s one of the reasons God tells us so many times not to be afraid, but to trust in Him. I know, easier said than done, right? Here’s the key – you’re not doing it alone. Whatever it is you’re facing, from money troubles to cancer – there are people God has put in place to help you, and His Holy Spirit within you to carry you through. Pray, pray, pray, and see what God will do.
We learned that rationalization doesn’t make right, as Abraham tried to do with Abimelek. Remember “well, she really is my sister…”. God’s judgment is not the judicial system we’re used to, with loopholes and extenuating circumstances. We are either guilty or not guilty – period. No excuses or rationalizing. And guess what. We’re all guilty. So the only question left is sentencing, and that is solely dependent upon whether your advocate is Jesus Christ, who has already taken the guilt for your sin upon Himself.
We learned that whether it makes sense or not, we must be ready and willing to give God everything if that’s what He asks of us. After all, Isn’t that what He did for us?
The last thought – just food for thought – was that in verse 9 (above) Isaac and Ishmael came together to bury their father. Maybe things weren’t always meant to be like this.
Let’s pray today that all of Abraham’s descendants would come to know and worship the true God and Christ the Redeemer, before it’s too late.