Monday Meditations are quick posts designed to get you thinking about God. They provide a fresh perspective as you jump into your routine.
"Now Abraham was old, advanced in age, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way." Genesis 24:1 (NAS)
It took a lifetime.
A lifetime to receive the abundance of blessings.
A lifetime to recognize the scope of the blessings.
But the verse begins a new chapter. God isn't through blessing Abraham.
When Abraham thought he had received all the blessings God could possibly pour out… God poured out even more.
I am beginning a new chapter in my life. I know God has blessings ready.
That's just the way He is.
Genesis 22 is one of my favorite chapters. It tells the wrenching story of God's test of Abraham. "Take your son, your only son, whom you love … and offer him …" Just a few quick thoughts from my most recent reading of that chapter-
In verse 5, Abraham tells the young men accompanying them to wait. "I and the lad will go over there, and we will worship and return to you."
The first time the word worship appears in Scripture, it is here. Worship and sacrifice. What about sacrifice?
The sacrifice was loved. God didn't ask for lambs or gold or grain. He asked for what Abraham held most dear.
The sacrifice was offered, not taken.
Without the sacrifice, the offering, worship is a burden. It's carrying wood up the mountain, just to burn it. It's empty.
Knowing this, have I ever truly worshipped God?
"…he hesitated…" Genesis 19:16
Lot. The destruction of Sodom was imminent. His instructions were clear.
Save yourself. Save your family. Flee.
But he hesitated.
Maybe he felt conviction. Why should he escape when everyone else faced judgment?
Maybe he didn't feel worthy. How could God spare him?
Maybe it was too much to believe. Did God really mean the things He said?
I've hesitated. Even when the direction was clear. I've staggered at the promises of God rather than move forward.
"…the compassion of the Lord was upon him..." Genesis 19:16
And on me.
In spite of my hesitation, God put me where He wants me.
He chose me. He declared me worthy. He kept His word.
I lose heart when I forget to look for the goodness of the Lord.
I get so near-sighted and so focused on the here and now and on myself that I lose sight of GOD,
His call on my life.
But when I forget …
He will realign my thinking from a safe place.
A place where not too many others can reach me.
A place with tremendous perspective.
A place prepared for just that purpose.
He won't hide me and leave me, but He will hide with me.
If I let Him …
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)