Genesis 16-17, Matthew 5

Genesis 16:2
2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

It’s hard to understand why God does the things the way that He does them. But, He is God and we are not. It sounds funny to say this, but sometimes our hearts and our actions indicate that we don’t believe He knows what He is doing. God absolutely knows what He is doing. When we grow impatient with His timing and take matters into our own hands, it will always get us into trouble.

Genesis 17:17
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”

I wonder how many times in my life I have laughed at God. I would never want to admit it, but in the same manner as Abraham laughed at how impossible the situation seemed to Abraham, I have have scoffed at promises the Lord has made to me. I want to hold on to the things that God has said in His word, with absolute certainty and confidence that all will come to pass.

Matthew 5:1-2
1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying…

I have had the privilege of going to Israel on several occasions. When I read these words, I immediately picture the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee from where Jesus spoke such amazing words. He had a burden for the multitudes whom He had come to save. And He has that same burden for the multitudes today. I love the words of Jesus. They are spirit and they are life. No sweeter or more powerful words were ever spoken, than the words which Jesus spoke!

Matthew 5:16
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

My heart longs to be a light to a very dark world. I seek with all of my heart to come to a full understanding of what this means.

Matthew 5:48
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Jesus establishes the impossibility of attaining perfection, the standard by which anyone will be allowed into heaven. Once we have a heart understanding of this truth, we will run to Jesus, the only one who can perfect us.


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