Snapshots: Day 22
The Snapshot: “Shall I hide from Abraham….” Why would God share with us His plans? What effect would it have if He did? He says He has plans to prosper us, plans for good works, so what more would I want? “Daddy will you teach me your business when I’m grown up?” “Yes, when you’re grown up, dear.” If God told me everything that was going to happen tomorrow, I guess I would worry about it. If I was to become someone who knew stuff about tomorrow, stuff that He told me about, it would need a much greater level of maturity to handle it than I have now. When God started to share with Abraham, it tested his faith level. Dare I ask to walk with Him in that level of intimacy? Is it possible? Can I grow up? Will I change and mature? Lord, please help me.
Further Consideration: There were a group of men who joined David’s army, men of Issachar, “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (1 Chron 12:32) Understanding what is going on around us is a useful ability; understanding what God is doing or about to do, is somewhat scary. Moses asked of God, “teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.” (Ex 3:13) Knowing how God works, the things He does, the things that please Him, these are seriously helpful if we want to develop our relationship with the Lord. When we know how God works, it will not come as such a surprise when we see what He does do.
Abraham demonstrates for us what an embryonic relationship with God is like, how it develops. He’s heard God, responded to God, struggled with difficulties, struggled with patience but has come to belief, and now comes a further stage in the development of their relationship.
A verse that follows v.17 of Gen 18 from which our opening words come, continues, “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Gen 18:19) This is God’s reasoning for wondering whether to share with Abraham what He is about to do. God is basically saying, I want to teach him what is right and just in my sight (which is perfect) so that in the days to come he will live in such a way that I can bring into his life experience all that I want to do for him.
Abraham is to lead the way for what will become a nation, an example of a friend of God (Jas 2:23), a man of faith (Heb 11:8-19), and thus He wants us to be known. So do we share with Him, listen to Him, learn off Him, copy Him? Dare He take us into deeper levels of this relationship with Him?