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The Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, … So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley … Abram settled in the land of Canaan…

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes … and there he built an altar to the LORD. — Genesis 13:10=18

We don’t always get the opportunity to make the decisions we want. Sometimes the smartest guys in the room take the best for themselves.

What appears to be an inferior situation, however, turns out to be the best opportunity when God is there.

Abraham was wise enough to know that; Lot was not.

— fritz

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“What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away?” … The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” … Then Abraham spoke up again … “[W]hat if the number of the righteous is five less? … What if only forty? … thirty? … twenty? … ten?” … [God] answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” – Genesis 18:24-27

A famous story in the Bible — Abraham standing before God praying for a wicked city because his nephew, Lot, lived there.

Abraham got God to agree to save the whole city if there were only ten (10) righteous living there, only ten! Sadly, there weren’t ten. If only Abraham had continued to negotiate! It wasn’t God who quit the countdown, it was Abraham.

Sometimes we quit prayer too soon! Who knows what could happen if we keep praying until God says stop.

— fritz@langgang.com

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The biblical story of Abraham’s sacrificing Isaac disturbs a lot of people. God finally gives him the promised child to make his descendants as numerous as the stars, then asks Abraham to sacrifice that child before he is old enough to have descendants.

Now, Abraham’s a rational guy! If Isaac dies before having children then God’s promise is toast! But scripture tells us about Abraham’s thought process on this.

Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son… Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. – Hebrews 11:17a,19a (MESSAGE)

Abraham’s obedience was more than an act of devotion, it was an act of faith – confident God would still follow through on his word even if it required Isaac to be raised from death.

So Abraham wasn’t lying to his servants when he told them on the way out that he AND Isaac would return from the sacrifice (Genesis 22:5) – he believed it and became the father of faith!

– fritz@langgang.com
Related Post: Swallowing Frogs – March 24, 2011

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Swallowing Frogs

God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. – Genesis 22:2b-3 (NIV)

Abraham was told to do something he really didn’t want to do – sacrifice his promised and long-awaited for son, Isaac. He did not put it off, drag his feet, or delay but arose early.

If you must do something you really don’t want to do, it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible. My dad had a saying, “If you have to swallow a frog it’s best not to look at him too long!”

True obedience is early obedience.

– fritz

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But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife. – Genesis 20:3

A powerful king took Abraham’s wife, Sarah, to be his. Out of fear Sarah and Abraham had pretended to be siblings and now that a king was involved they were in a pickle!1

Then came two little words, “But God…”

We get ourselves into situations that look really bad – sometimes it’s our fault sometimes not. That’s when we need to remember, “But God…”, pray, trust, and obey.

How many “But God…” incidents can you recall. He’s got plenty more!

-fritz
1) Phrase: In a pickle

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