18) “Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”
19) “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
No matter what the situation in our life, seemingly good or bad, we must always trust the Lord. In this chapter, we see the promise of a child which is great and then the destruction of a city where Abraham’s nephew lived which seemed bad. How was Abraham supposed to react to the news of both of these things given to him by the Lord Himself? In the right way–that is to see the Lord for who he is, believe what he says, and then truly trust Him and put our faith in Him. In verse 19, we see that the Lord said that Abraham would keep His ways. If we are to keep the ways of the Lord as Abraham did, and believe what the Lord shows us, then we have to realize He knows the outcome when we do not, and we just must trust Him.
In verses 2-8, we see that Abraham knew it was the Lord. He gave Him his best and he wanted the Lord to stay. Do we always see the Lord, or do we miss Him because we aren’t walking with Him as we should. We have to stay in the Word, on our knees and be ever so looking. Then do we give the Lord our best in the areas of tithes and offerings, our time to help at church or a fellow brother or sister in need or in the way we carry ourselves in public and profess to be one of his followers? The Lord deserves our best in all areas because He gave us His best.
In verses 9-15, we see that Abraham believed, but Sara mocked. In verse 13, we see that the Lord pointed out her laughter even though He was not with her in the tent, which shows us that He knows our hearts, thoughts and everything else. There is no hiding from Him, so we must do right.
In verses 19-33, we see that Abraham trusted the Lord completely when He told of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We know this by the plea of Abraham not to destroy the city for the faithful. There was no doubt or wonder in what he was told, and there should never be in our lives as well when we are told the truth from God’s word. We can see the truth through His Word, through preaching and through circumstances that may arise in our lives.
If there are questions that we may have about what God says in His Word or about what a preacher has showed us from God’s Word, we all have the opportunity to study ourselves and find out the truth. When we do, we need to take that truth and live it for Him and help show the world Jesus Christ.