Then he believed in the LORD;
and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Abraham trusted in the Person who was speaking to him, and God credited to Abraham righteousness! Wonderful! The same is true today. If you want God’s righteousness, you must believe Him.
I have been singing this all week. It seems appropriate here.
A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on,
My person and offering to bring.
The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do;
My Savior's obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view
The work which His goodness began,
The arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is yea and amen,
And never was forfeited yet.
Things future, nor things that are now,
Not all things below nor above
Can make Him His purpose forego,
Or sever my soul from His love.
My name from the palms of His hands
Eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains
In marks of indelible grace.
Yes, I to the end shall endure,
As sure as the earnest is given
More happy, but not more secure,
The glorified spirits in heaven.
Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre,
which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.
This jumped out at me today. Abram didn’t build his house when he moved,
he built an altar to the Lord! Sure, he lived at Mamre, but the monument he made was to the Lord. Why? God had just promised Ab so much. How could he help but love Him?
I love that! Craig and I moved our tent so that we could follow the Lord. What I want to build is my altar to the Lord. He is worthy.
Down from His splendor in glory He came,
Into a world of woe;
Took on Himself all my guilt and my shame,
Why should He love me so?
How can I help but love Him,
When He loved me so?
How can I help but love Him,
When He loved me so?
If you are reading this, I appreciate prayer. I’m speaking to the ladies at Northern Hills in Cincinnati tonight and tomorrow. And Craig is speaking on Sunday.
Now there was a famine in the land;
so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there,
for the famine was severe in the land.
What do you do when life brings famine? Rely on the Lord to care for you. Watch what He will do. Instead, Ab took things in his own hands and as a result he put his family in harms way… read the chapter.
This is a serious warning to me. So often I take things in my own hands, rather than wait for God. What does He want? What will He do? It is always thrilling to see what He does. My reminder today is to wait!
I would have despaired unless
I had believed that I would see
the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:13, 14
Do not say, "I will repay evil";
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.
Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower
with its top in the heavens,
and let us make a name for ourselves,
lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth."
So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth,
and they left off building the city.
God’s will for people was to spread out over the face of the earth. People had a better idea! Build a tower, stay together and a make name for themselves. Forget God’s plan! One world government instead of God’s rule. They were united in their opposition against God. Sound familiar? All men’s efforts at unity and one “worldness” is all an effort to raise a fist in the face of God.
What was the end of people’s great plan? God dispersed them and glorified His name.
This all made me think of Isaiah 55,
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD,
that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
And the end of that section…
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the LORD,
an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
God is making a name for Himself.
We should join Him and not seek our name and our own glory.
All glory, laud, and honor
to you, Redeemer, King!
God remembered Noah. Genesis 8:1
What lovely words. Noah had been a long time in the ark. Did he think God forgot him? I don’t know. But God was working His plan and did not forget him! And makes a special point of telling us He remembered Noah!
I thought of Joseph.
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Ah, but God remembered Joseph!
What about you?
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work
and the love which you have shown toward His name,
in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
and the LORD gave attention and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before Him
for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
Oh, so wonderful! The Lord doesn’t forget His servants. He’s got a book of remembrance! He doesn’t need the reminders and He never forgets, it is just a precious way for us to see that He remembers.
I love Nehemiah’s words…
Remember me, O my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
Remember me for this, O my God,
and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed
for the house of my God and its services.
For this also remember me,
O my God, and have compassion on me
according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Remember me, O my God, for good.
And God does! Wonderful. And when God remembered,
He caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.
I’m rejoicing today that God is working His plans, remembering His own people. It also makes me think how important it is for me to remember Him. To be a person who fears His name and esteems Him.
Then the LORD said to Noah,
Enter the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.
God had a rescue plan for Noah but Noah had to enter it.
God has a rescue plan for people today. He is the Lord Jesus. When Jesus died He endured God’s judgment just like the rain falling on the ark. If you want to be saved you must be in Christ. Enter now! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth,
and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth,
and He was grieved in His heart.
The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky;
for I am sorry that I have made them."
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
,,,Noah walked with God.
So many thoughts this morning! Twice it says that the Lord was sorry he made man. He was grieved. The earth was filled with violence and God was about to punish the world with a flood, but one man found grace. God saved Noah by His grace.
Today the earth is again filled with violence. God sent His Son because He so loved the world. God is patient, but He will judge again. Run to claim His grace.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come He might show
the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
On this cold fall morning I was thinking of walking in the park when I read this. How lovely to walk with God! It means to live a life of sweet fellowship with God That’s what I want. I was reminded of this verse.
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
What a walk! One of the old radio preachers used to say
“Walk with the King today and be a blessing!”
Let’s do it!
If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?
And if you do not do well,
sin is crouching at the door;
and its desire is for you,
but you must master it.
This is such an important warning from the Lord. Sin is pictured as a crouching animal waiting, ready to pounce and eat it’s desire…me! What a scary picture. I need to view sin this way. What must I do? Master it. Not let it work it’s will on me. Lord, help me view sin like You do. Help me to tame the wild beast.
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone;
I will make him a helper suitable for him."
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field
and every bird of the sky,
and brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
and to the birds of the sky,
and to every beast of the field,
but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man,
and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man,
and brought her to the man.
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man."
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother,
and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
". . . the whole account of woman's creation has a poetic flavor: it is certainly mistaken to read it as an account of a clinical operation or as an attempt to explain some feature of man's anatomy . . . Rather, it brilliantly depicts the relation of man and wife. . . a relationship characterized by harmony and intimacy between the partners." Wenham
What stood out to me today was how God presented woman to the man as a gift. She was taken from man and given back to him. How lovely of God! I’m asking myself today how I am doing as God's gift given to my husband?
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!