Genesis 18-19, Matthew 6

Genesis 18:11-12
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

God keeps his promises. We can count on it! When He says He is going to do something…we can consider it done, even when it doesn’t make sense. There is nothing too hard for the Lord!

Genesis 18:15
15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

We must kid ourselves. There isn’t anything that the Lord isn’t aware of.

Genesis 18:32-33
32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” 33 So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Sometimes it is hard to reconcile the wrath and judgment of God with the love of God. Truly he desires that none would perish. He has made a way of salvation for us. He longs to save. Verses like this show me how willing God is to spare His people. It is His people who refuse to follow Him. What a great a wonderful God we have!

Genesis 19:11
11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

The depravity of man was so great that even in their blindness they try to satisfy their own lust. The path towards unbridled sin is a slippery slope. Once you head down that path, it is difficult to stop. Only Jesus can get things turned around.

Genesis 19:14
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons- in- law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons- in- law he seemed to be joking.

When people’s hearts grow complacent in satisfying themselves, all warnings seem like a joke. It is so sad to watch people, dying in their foolishness, reject truth. It breaks my heart!

Genesis 19:26
26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

It’s dangerous to look back at the things we have been delivered from.

Matthew 6:6
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

I have grown to appreciate, so much, a private place to pray. It is where I have my most intimate times of fellowship with the Lord.

Matthew 6:21
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Is it really that difficult to tell where our hearts are? All we have to do is look at our treasures. I so want Jesus to be my one and only treasure!

Matthew 6:33
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

I absolutely love this verse! I find that there is much we can worry about in this life, but when I ‘seek first the kingdom of God’, I mean really seek it…everything else falls into place. It is a wonderful truth!


2 thoughts on “Genesis 18-19, Matthew 6

  1. [Mat 6:30 NKJV] 30 “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, [will He] not much more [clothe] you, O you of little faith?

    I must be willing to be “thrown into the oven”, if that is God’s will, rather than clinging to my life or a certain quality of life that I desire. Last night, I was anxious about how the extra time required of me at work due to our year end accounting close, HR/payroll system conversion, etc. will impact my ability to manage the responsibilities outside of work. I was heavy-hearted and was not able to fully engage in our family night to give God the most glory. This morning, the Lord convicted me that I sinned not only by having little faith that he will help me through this season, but also that I wasn’t willing to submit with thankfulness to the circumstances he has placed me in. I was trying to keep my eyes on Jesus rather than my circumstances, but I failed like Peter did when he sank into the water.

    Father, please forgive me for not trusting you and not willingly submitting to your loving sovereignty with thankfulness. I praise you for being faithful and just to forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness when I confess. I know you are with me as I begin the work you have for me today. Help me to bring glory to your great name, because of Jesus. Amen.

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    *Jonathan McNicol*



    On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 3:24 AM, Reading the Word wrote:

    > Ron Sanchez posted: “Genesis 18:11-12 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, > well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 > Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, > shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” God keeps ” >


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