My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Is anything too difficult for the Lord?
“Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
(Genesis 18:14 NASB)
They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.
(Genesis 19:11 NASB)
Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
(Genesis 19:14 NASB)
In these Genesis passages we find, again and again, God's attempt
to draw his beloved humanity towards him. He fulfills his promise to
Abraham and Sarah. He tries desperately to save Lot, which proves to be
a challenging case. There were times in the former Soviet Union that
we used to say that trying to help people was something like a reverse
mugging. Please, beat me up and steal from me so that I can help you :)
Here the angels of God try to save Lot and his household. They
perform a miracle, blinding the eyes of the men who were ravenous with
their fleshly lustings. Lots solution to the problem was rather
despicable. He was willing to give his daughters away -- rather than
trust in God. Then, he tries to save the young men who are betrothed to
his daughters. They, quite obviously, were not followers of God, and
yet, Lot was willing to give his daughters to them. They figured that
Lot was just joking and so we can only assume that they were burned up
with all of Sodom and Gomorrah. All along the way faith was tested, for
they really did not believe that with God all things were possible!
It's so easy to be critical of the responses of Sarah, Lot, the
son-in-laws and the rest of society. How in the world could they not
have believed that God would intervene and provide a miraculous
response? He had promised, hadn't he? Of course God had promised that
he would provide the answers to these problems, if only Abraham and his
family would be obedient. Over and over God proved his faithfulness to
Abraham and his progeny. God is still in the business of being faithful
to us today. He is still trying to tell us that nothing is too
difficult for him! The problem is that that we could probably find
ourselves somewhere in the story. We may belong with Sarah --
snickering and thinking, yeah right! We may be with Lot who, though
faced with the angels of God, thinks he has to come up with some
solution to his problem -- and he comes up with a pretty stupid one.
That's generally how it turns out when we try to do things ourselves.
Or, we may be like the son-in-laws who didn't believe in God at all and
thought it was just a big joke. However, it is the same God today, for
whom nothing is too difficult, that loves us and wants to help us. Are
we willing to step into the stream of God's ebb and flow in this world
and trust him for the journey? He really will continue to lead us, day
in and day out, if we will simply trust him. Nothing is too difficult
for him -- even our unbelief.
Lord, thank you for the ways you have been working and intervening.
I do see your hand at work and am so very grateful. May I always
continue to trust in you day in and day out -- to your glory. Amen.