How well do you know what God is doing in your life and in the lives of people around you? In Genesis 18 there is an interesting dialogue that God has with Abraham, God is planning on destroying a city whose “outcry”, whose sin is so perverse that it reached heaven. Before God ever goes and destroys the city in verse 17, He says something amazing. “The Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? …19 For I have chosen him that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” If you know the story, God and Abraham have a conversation and Abraham multiple times talks God down from destroying the entire city. It’s an amazing story when you stop and think about what’s actually going on.
Jumping into present time, I have two dogs, I love them, their names are Rocky and Leo. Rocky is a St. Bernard and Leo is a Newfoundlander so I have two very big dogs. The other day Leo, our Newfoundlander, was acting strange. It wasn’t the first time that he had acted like this though. First, he jumped up on our couch and refused to move, he knows at our house he isn’t supposed to be on the couch so that was unusual for him. After I dragged him off the couch he ran over to the kitchen and jumped up with his two front paws on the kitchen countertop, but then he motioned to the cookie jar that we have. At first I didn’t get it, but then it clicked. It had been an unusual work day at my house so the dogs didn’t get fed because our schedules were all over the place. He was hungry and trying to get my attention so I’d feed him. The interesting thing is that he did this in the past and I just thought he was being disobedient. It was only after seeing this happen a few times that I finally figured it out and clued in. Why am I bringing this up?Well, I believe there are a lot of Christians running around who have no clue about what God is up to and what He is doing because they haven’t spent the time to get to know God and become His friend.
Abraham was the friend of God, because of that, God almighty, all powerful literally turned aside and said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” Because Abraham had such a relationship with God, he knew what God was up to. If you jump to Genesis 19 verse 27, Abraham goes back to the place where God told him what He was going to do and looked out at the city and saw the smoke from the destruction, and it doesn’t faze him. He knew what was going to happen, so he was prepared not just ahead of time, but was able to walk in peace and safety as it was happening and after it had happened. Too many of us have not put the time and work in to get to know God. We look for the shallow things the easy wins and don’t really press in saying things like, “only certain people can be so close to God” or “I would, but I don’t have the time”. As a result we run around not knowing what God has for us or what He’s doing in our workplaces, relationships or world. Sometimes I’m sure we think the devil is causing things to happen around us when it’s actually God! Let me encourage you, just like it took me time to understand and learn what my dog Leo was actually doing, it’s going to take
time to develop that relationship with God. However, we need to be people who are secure and know what God is up to if we are going to be effective down here. Not immature Christians but mature adults that God can count on to partner with. So today, tomorrow, as we go into a new year. Let me encourage you, God has not removed His presence from this earth. He has not stopped working in the lives of your children, in your life or in your workplace or school. God is on the move, we just need to open up the communication to be able to see it.