What an amazing set of verses. Three strange visitors, one is called the Lord, and some see Jesus in that third person. Prophecy is given and an old woman becomes pregnant. Abraham wants to save Sodom, but its sins are too great. Abraham continues to seek mans ways of having a child and makes a mess with Hagar and the illegitimate son Ishmael. Abraham lies to protect his interests by deceiving Abimelech.
I have been on Abraham’s path way too many times. I try to work out God’s plan my way, especially when God’s way requires a miracle or huge step of faith. I like to see the path, know the destination and be prepared for the obstacles along the way. In God’s plan it rarely goes that way. The good news it that even though I miss out on the blessings God has for me, his plan is never derailed by my lethargy to his calling. Maybe I can learn from Abraham and have the faith God needs me to have.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!