Genesis 18:16-33, where Abraham pleads with God for the city of Sodom.
First we see that true prayer begins with God, vs 17, where God reveals to Abraham that he is going to go down and see if the sin in Sodom is grievous. God engages with Abraham “a friend of God” and tells him that he is going to destroy the cities. God doesn’t say specifically what he will do, but says He will go and see, and “I will know”. Abraham who knows all the sins of the city, knows the cities are doomed and thus begins to plead with God, because he recognizes Gods mercy. Verses 22-32 detail the conversation and back and forth negotiations between Abraham and God, and it’s quite interesting.
Abraham begins asking for the city to be spared, if there are but 50 righteous who are in it. He boldly prays, “Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be it from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? God agrees that he will not destroy the cities if he finds 50 righteous. Abraham then asks for the city to be spared if there are but 45, he humbly states, “Behold I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.” God agrees to spare for 45 righteous. Abraham asks to spare for 40, God agrees. Abraham again shows humility and more boldness, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak, suppose 30 be found”, God agrees to spare for 30. Notice here that Abraham began his negotiations by increments of 5, but now asks in increments of 10. Abraham asks to spare for 20, God agrees. Abraham asks to spare for 10, God agrees, and then the Lord went his way.
There are several lessons from these verses that God is revealing to us.
- True prayer starts with God, it’s about His will and intentions not ours.
- We should be humble and know our place, we are speaking to God the creator and ruler of the whole universe.
- When appealing to God’s gracious nature we can be very bold.
- Be persistent until an answer is received.
Pizzas were being delivered to Interstates Companies in Sioux Center Iowa from the local Pizza Ranch.
When the delivery driver showed up, one of the admins went up to the front desk to get the pizzas. Apparently they knew each other from school started chatting, getting caught up on what was going on in their life.
The admin asked him if he was full time there and he said yeah; the GM offered me to come work full time for really good pay so I’m doing this instead of construction.
AND then he said this “you know, if I get to drive a delivery van and talk to people while doing it then so be it, I like what I do”
“What an AWESOME way to look at your job and what you do?” (As reported by the Administrative Assistant)
We want to make an impact and glorify God, and yet what is often overlooked is that simply enjoying your job and being passionate in what you do leaves an impression upon the people we serve—our guests.
The Pain Paradox: “The short-term easy leads to the long-term difficult, while the short-term difficult leads to the long-term easy.” Rory Vaden, Take the Stairs.
Put one thing on your schedule each week that will bring your family or friends together. Date night. Family night. Family outing. Going to church together. Backyard bbq. The choices are endless. But they won’t be realized until they’re on your schedule.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The question today is, why did He do this? Or, why did He become flesh? Or why did Jesus come to the earth? Answers:
- To fulfill the promises found throughout Scripture. It was foretold.
- So God’s light could shine in, and through the darkness of this world. There’s no doubt that we all lose our way…I know I do. The light reveals, and then gets us back on the right path.
- So we could see God. When they looked at Jesus, when they touched Him, and when they heard His voice, it was God in the flesh. A tender, compassionate, touchable, forgiving, and loving God.
- So that He could experience our limitations. He was thirsty, He was hungry, He was tired, He cried, and He experienced death.
- So that He could provide a way for salvation. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This same Jesus, will come again in the flesh. We don’t know when. But we do know that He’ll be coming to retrieve those who are His. May we find our salvation in Him…and may He find us each faithful.
Truth is a deep kindness that
teaches us to be content in our
everyday life and share with the
people the same happiness.
Jesus’ example of friendship is powerful. My challenge to you today is to find that awesome friend and tell them how much they mean to you.