Genesis 19: 16 – But He (Lot) hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.
I’ve been chewing on this scripture for a couple of weeks now and the more I think about it the more I see Gods compassion towards those he loves. In Genesis 18 Abraham had ‘bargained’ with the Lord as God had told him his plans to destroy Sodom, the place where his nephew Lot and his family had just relocated to. In Genesis 19 Lot was able to see first hand the type of evil that was running rampant in Sodom when the two angels came to warn him, yet in verse 19 we are told that Lot hesitated, dragged his feet, was slow…why would he be hesitant to leave such a place? I’m sure if it was me I would have rounded up my family and let sharply, however Lot didn’t have a sense of urgency or fear.
This verse goes to show the condition of our hearts, we know that God has a beautiful plan for our lives and that he is calling us out of darkness into his marvellous light, yet we still look back longingly at our sin or we hesitate and question our faith in God. Yet regardless of this God still had compassion on Lot and his entire family because of the bargaining that went on between him and Abraham.
This goes to show us that in spite of us Gods plans still stands , despite our disobedience and unfaithfulness he remains faithful – God never goes back on his word and his promises are always fulfilled. Note that Lot did not disobey God neither did he doubt him, he was just more accustomed to the sin around him but God showed him mercy by literally taking Lot and each of his family members by the hand and leading them to safety. We know the rest of the story that Lots wife looked back despite being told not to – she outrightly disobeyed. I often wondered why God led her to safety if she was going to look back, but then I remembered the promise God made to Abraham.
How amazing is it to know that God will take us by the hand and lead us to safety, He will do this because we are his children and there are so many promises yet to be fulfilled in our lives. The word tells us that his word will not return void. So rejoice and have faith in him x
Stop looking for light at the end of the tunnel, and find God in the darkness
Matthew 11:6 – ‘Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me’
I’ve read through Matthew a couple of times and I had never ever noticed the above verse. So why has it stuck out to me now? A few months ago my life literally flipped upside down, everything that I was working towards and hoping for just crumbled in front of me, there was nothing I could do about it and I was on an emotional downward spiral. I cried out to God for hours on end, gritting my teeth through the pain, wiping the tears and trying to stand even though it seemed as though someone had just hit me in the stomach with full force. Throughout that period I was left confused admittedly I still am, but I find comfort in knowing that God knows best.
I was listening to a message by Andy Stanley a series called ‘In the meanwhile’, basically he was going through what to do in life situations where the issues were permanent i.e long term medical issues, death etc. He quoted Matthew 11.6 – in instances where we believe that God should have shown up on our behalf but didn’t, should have healed someone from cancer etc. It was so profound to me because I learnt this ‘ blessed are those who don’t lose hope in me because of me’, this was Jesus speaking…crazy! There are times whereby we will cry out to God and he seems distant and far from us , in these instances we feel tempted to give up believing in him and turning from the faith. Albeit painful and confusing we must draw close to God and not allow the devil to steal our joy even in ‘joyless’ situations.
The situation I’m going through has literally pushed me to my knees and I’ve been there for the past few months, I still feel down at times and broken but I trust in God that he will heal me and draw me closer to him and even if he doesn’t restore to me what I’ve lost I will love him even more because he truly is an amazing God.
So be encouraged, if it seems like God is far or quiet keep believing because he is right there with you. Don’t lose the faith now! x
James 2:16 – and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
How many of us have been guilty of doing the above? It’s so easy to brush past our friends or families needs because we’re busy, however most times its due to the fact that we’re not sensitive enough to realise their needs. Over the past few days I’ve been praying to God to help me to be a blessing to someone even though things are a bit for me I trust that God will provide for me. Even if he doesn’t I’ll manage. I can hear many of you saying well I do help out financially but they never pay back or I give my time but they never appreciate it. I know how that feels, but do it anyway out of love – God sees your heart.
I’ve read over the above scripture so many times in the past but I never really paid it much mind. Today I was thinking about one of the lessons I taught in Sunday school where I was asking the kids different ways they could be a blessing to their parents and siblings when they got home that day. Of course with much excitement all of their little hands flew up and they began telling me…’ I can help to wash the dishes….I can be kind and helpful…I wont fight my brother…’ It got me thinking and I was encouraged that if we continue to bring up our children in this way then they will be sensitive to the needs of their brothers and sisters. Lending a hand out of love not obligation, giving their time or money out of love not because of the recognition they can get from it.
So, I encourage you to lend a hand today out of love x
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision – Helen Keller
This book details an amazing testimony which led to a passion being birthed and a desire to make a difference in this world.
For 6 months Biyi Adewumi experienced total blindness. She describes the ordeal as ‘when the cloud hit’ as all she could see was ‘clouds’. She was suffering from a rare condition called Hydrops. A mother of two and wife to an assistant Pastor, you can just imagine the strain and confusion this caused in their busy household. The author goes into much detail about the roller coaster of emotions she faced from anger to resentment towards God and the people all around her to confusion, sadness and short lived moments of hope that surgery could turn help her see again.
Reading through this book I felt so encouraged, I honestly don’t know what I would have done in her situation. She literally had to relearn how to work with God and be comforted by the fact that God was in full control . Thankfully God placed strong friends and family around her who were constantly praying for her. Sometimes I feel that it takes everything being taken away from us for us to really put all our trust in Jesus. Who was to say whether her sight would ever be restored, but God being God He was faithful enough to not only restore her sight but He also blessed her with a vision that will affect thousands of lives for the better. In the book she tells us of the covenant she made with God that if he restored her sight that she would write a book, 12 months to the day that she lost her sight she released her book! I attended the Launch and to date it was the best I’ve been to!
Out of this ordeal her purpose was revealed and ultimately her Victory in Christ is been shared with the whole world. Precious Sights Foundation was birthed to help children in Africa with treatable eye conditions to prevent them from going blind. Affording them the opportunity to go to school, work and provide an income for their families. Please check out the foundation and donate.
To those of you currently facing darkness, be encouraged. Some nights may be longer than others, but believe me when I say your morning is coming! God is working something out for your good x