Editor’s Note: Our weekly guest spot is our effort to help our reading community connect with each other. “Being Isaac” is in response to our growing number of male readers. We think it’s important that there’s a male reply to our female’s call to live in passionate pursuit of Christ. Thanks Joshua T for a great post on how God is the friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Today we are going to diverge from the series we have been doing on Moses’ story. We are, instead, going to look at something that has been on my heart to write about this week.
Friends. We all want to have them. In schools, there is always the popular crowd and then there is everyone else. We all seek to be accepted by others no matter who you are.
I believe C S Lewis said it best when he said, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
We often forget, including myself, that we have a friend that will never forsake us, forget about us, or be mean to us. God has been since the beginning. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ” And since the beginning He has loved us. The Bible clearly explains, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalms 86:15)
In the Bible, there is a fantastic example of God’s faithfulness. It begins in Genesis. We begin be meeting Abraham. “And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on— since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” (Genesis 18:1-5)
As we continue reading, We well see why this is a great example of God’s faithfulness.
Genesis 18:9-15 states, “They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” Is anything too hard for the Lord ? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
Sarah had little faith. She didn’t believe He could do it. Psalms 147:5 reads, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
We finish off the story in Genesis 21:1-2, “The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.”
We often forget that God has been with us through everything and no friend can ever come close. So although we seek to be appreciated be others, remember God always loves. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
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Joshua T is a graphic designer in training who is seeking to glorify God in everything he does. He enjoys listening to music, such as Thousand Foot Krutch, KJ-52, and Relient K. Joshua also appreciates hanging out with his friends, and writing sermons for his blog, http://flameministries.wordpress.com/.
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