Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It Will Be Healing to Your Flesh

And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door. (Genesis 19:11. ESV.)

Man, in His Own Strength

God takes matters into His own hands.  He does not NEED us to intervene on His behalf (I.e. Jesus did not NEED Peter to stand in front of him swinging a sword around when Judas betrayed Him).  In Genesis 19, two servants of God (angels) came to Sodom to assess the city.  While there Lot took them to his home but men (of all ages) came to the door looking for the two visitors.  Lot tried to offer up his daughters to the citizens instead but the men relentlessly desired the two new comers.  Lot was faithful in trying to protect the servants of God, however to no avail.

Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. (Genesis 19:10. ESV.)

God Steps In

Lot did his part and he did his best.  Someone once told me, "God only asks us to be faithful.  He takes care of the rest."  But, what does it mean "to be faithful" to God?  It is my opinion it is to do what is pleasing in the sight of God and to trust completely in Him alone.  Are all of His acts and intercessions as dramatic as this in Genesis 19:11?  No.  However God does help His children regularly.  I am a witness to it.  Does a giant hand reach down from heaven and take action?  No, of course not.  Generally God has placed certain individuals in my life to assist me at the very moment I NEEDED it (like the angels with Lot in Genesis 19:11).

All Things for the Good of Those He Calls

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28. ESV.)

Another example of this can be found in Genesis 21 regarding Hagar and Ishmael.  They had been sent away from Abraham and Sarah, left to wander in the wilderness alone:

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. (Genesis 21:15-19. ESV.)

Have you seen God's sovereignty in your life?  Have you ever felt a situation was hopeless until God paved the way?

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
   and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
   fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
   and refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:5-8. ESV.)

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