Today’s Scripture: Genesis 18:22; Isaiah 40:31
After the angels told Abraham what was going to happen to Sodom, they headed out into the looming firestorm while Abraham stayed back to talk with God. The situation with Lot had to be a difficult one for Abraham to deal with. His relatives were living in the middle of a corrupt city that was about to be wiped off the face of the earth. Imagine the emotions Abraham must have felt. He had already rescued Lot once (see Gen. 14). Should he do it again?
The Lord knew what Abraham needed—renewed strength found only by waiting in His Presence. Isaiah said, “Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength.” Wait for the Lord to do what? To flex His muscle on our behalf.
When I’m weak, discouraged, or fearful, I tend to take things into my own hands. More than once I’ve jumped into the middle of circumstances without waiting for divine direction. I think the Lord needs to catch up with me because He takes too long to act. My impatience has never led to good results.
Abraham left the city of Sodom in the hands of the Lord, and he witnessed God’s power at work. What a great model for us to follow.
- How quickly do you take things into your own hands? What has been the end result?
- What can you do to slow down and wait for the Lord?