Monday, June 30, 2014

Day SIX: Your Eno~Your Altar

Do you see how hard it is for me to do anything for 21 days in a row? Whatever the definition of routine is…I’m the opposite. 

It’s ridiculous. At this rate we will be doing this 21 day challenge until the year 2017. For the LOVE of all things competitive in my bones we are doing this…finishing it even.

Listen let me plug in my excuses here for a second. Life happens. Things get in the way of cozy warm blankets, fresh coffee and Bible reading. Sometimes, when you allow yourself to feel things deeply, as I do, your “quiet time” with God is more like taking long walks hashing out verbally to Him why you are grieved.

Lamenting.

And then He whispers…press on. And you do. Because that’s the choice I made. Christ follower first, logic last. And I’m not turning back. Join me?

Day SIX
Genesis Chapter 12

This is the story of Abraham being called by God to leave his country and his family and move to a new land that was unfamiliar to him. Abraham was a descendant of Noah’s son, Shem. This is matters because he would have heard his father and grandfather speak about the miracles of God. Personal stories that happened directly to them.

He knew he could trust God.

Yes, it was a HUGE act of faith on Abraham's part. Moving is VERY d-i-f-f-i-c-u-l-t.  Leaving everything familiar and everyone whom you love makes your heart pound for months. But I’m only suggesting it was a pretty sweet deal to hear the voice of God directly, AND know how well it worked out in the past for family members who had also obeyed the voice of God when it didn’t make since.

Verse 1-3:
Now The Lord said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great Nation; I will bless you and make your name great: and you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you: and in you all the families on the earth will be blessed. “

The next verse says “So Abram departed as The Lord had spoken to him…”

WELL I GUESS SO! Did you read what God said to him? God basically said if you go I will make you famous and wealthy and happy, and whoever isn’t nice to you…I will crush.  I don’t know about you but I’d pack my bags and say peace out!

So off he went with his wife and nephew and what I truly love about Abram here is that during the journey when he heard Gods voice, he stopped and built an altar to The Lord.

Verse 7:
Then The Lord appeared to Abram and said “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to The Lord, who had appeared to him.

That’s something else isn’t it? He was in the middle of his travels, loaded down with bags and he paused to build a place to worship the living God. 

In my car on a road trip you are lucky if we stop to let you use the bathroom… building an altar…not a chance.

But God appeared to Abram and spoke. That’s nothing to take lightly. I’d give anything for that.

The journey continues and things take a turn, as life does. There was a famine and Abram found himself needing to enter Egypt. Read with me here the bad decision making skills of Abram.

    Verse 10 and on…
Abram kept moving, steadily making his way south.
 Then a famine came to the land. Abram went down to Egypt to live; it was a hard famine. As he drew near to Egypt, he said to his wife, Sarai, “Look. We both know that you’re a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you they’re going to say, ‘Aha! That’s his wife!’ and kill me. But they’ll let you live. Do me a favor: tell them you’re my sister. Because of you, they’ll welcome me and let me live.”
When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians took one look and saw that his wife was stunningly beautiful. Pharaoh’s princes raved over her to Pharaoh. She was taken to live with Pharaoh.
Because of her, Abram got along very well: he accumulated sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, men and women servants, and camels. But God hit Pharaoh hard because of Abram’s wife Sarai; everybody in the palace got seriously sick.
Pharaoh called for Abram, “What’s this that you’ve done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she’s your wife? Why did you say, ‘She’s my sister’ so that I’d take her as my wife? Here’s your wife back—take her and get out!”
Pharaoh ordered his men to get Abram out of the country. They sent him and his wife and everything he owned on their way.

YOU GUYS IS THIS MAN KIDDING ME? Did you read what he did to his wife? God had been SO faithful to Abram. Provided for his every need, gave him fantastic instructions, appeared to him and spoke blessings over his life and his future descendants…THIS IS THE PLAN WHEN TROUBLE COMES? Really?
If this is true, and it is, what can we learn from Abram?
I’d like to suggest that even when we are extremely close to The Lord, talking to him regularly…when trouble arrives, and it always does sister, the FIRST thing we should do is build an altar and seek out what God wants us to do. Meaning…find a place, the closet, a corner, the car, the woods, a hammock, a bench, your Eno. Just go. Sit still. Ask Him for a plan.        
Don’t throw the people you love under the bus in an effort to save yourself. God didn’t look favorably on that decision Abram made and everyone paid a severe price.

If you read on…you will see that God kept His promises to Abram even when Abram blew it. And sister…the same thing remains true to this day. All the “greats” in the Bible screwed up. Well most of them and the story is the same. God forgives. God renews. God allows us to move forward. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

But man we can save ourselves some serious heartache if we will pause first before we come up with absurd plans. Hey Abram…she was your WIFE, not your sister. Rolling my eyes.

~Allison

Day SEVEN
Hebrews 11

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