Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech.

Genesis 20: 17


This is a story of fear and failure to trust, a tale of how the very human man, Abraham, couldn’t find it in his heart to remain strong, or better, to live in the center of the strength that God grants to His children; thus, Abraham deceived Abimelech and came very close to putting him directly into the path of God’s righteous anger and all of its consequences. Although he was not one of God’s chosen, God came directly to Abimelech and warned him in clear and honestly direct terms about the dangerous coarse that he had entered upon by Abraham.


There was a spiritual disaster in the making in these events, for here was a man who God, Himself, had visited and had eaten a meal with, a man who was to become known as a “friend of God”; still, Abraham was allowing fear, uncertainty, and his inability to trust God above his own understanding to cause him to fail miserably in his mandate to bring the Lord’s truth and His loving grace into the lives of the seeking souls around him. Still, the Lord’s plans and His will are greater than anything that we people are capable of doing to thwart them; also, through His grace, God permits us to redeem the catastrophic situations that we create.


So God called upon Abraham to enter into a time of focused and concentrated prayer on behalf of Abimelech in order to seek healing for him. Whatever my have been hurting or diseased with Abimelech’s body, it was his soul that needed healing, for he would never be whole until he had surrendered his own life to the God of all Creation; thus, this is what Abraham sought for the his new friend. This is what God asks all of us to do as well; we are all to seek God’s gracious and saving intervention in the lives of all people without regard for what our past experiences with them might have been like; then, we need to watch in amazement and joy as the Lord brings these people into common familial relationship with us and with Him.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16: 2, 3
Isn’t it interesting how what we think about the quality of our own thought processes and the results of all of that planning and contemplation can be be so far apart from the way that God may view the same efforts. It is very easy to become highly focused on the things that seem important, the issues, plans, and desires that are capturing the majority of our attention and energy at any given time; yet, I know that in those same situations I can so readily miss the real truth of God’s wisdom that the outcome of all of that planning can be far removed from what is right and best.
This is why it is so important for me to slow down my own thinking and to allow time for God to interact with my heart and my mind so that the ideas that I begin to consider have been formed with the involvement of God’s Spirit, and the actions that I plan to take are ones that will bring glory to God. The Lord is the One who knows the actual intent of my heart, and He wants to show me the righteous way to handle each and every situation that I encounter; thus, He wants me to let Him in on my thoughts and my plans, for the Spirit of God will respond to my concerns, desires, and wishes by helping me discover the truth of His will in everything.
There is nothing that I desire to do, and there is no issue that is causing me concern that is too small or insignificant for the Lord’s involvement; also, everything that I seek to accomplish, engage in, or pursue commands the complete interest of God; He will provide all of the wisdom, knowledge, and encouragement that I will need to do it all. God wants me to surrender my will and my own attempts to find the answers to life’s challenges and my desires to His infinitely superior understanding; then, He will provide me with a plan that is guaranteed to succeed.