January 19, 2019

ANGELIC VISITATION

As we read chapter 17 yesterday regarding the token of the covenant made by God between Him and Abraham (whose name has been changed) the last few verses of the chapter confirmed the obedience of Abraham in that every male child born in his house and the ones bought with his money and Ishmael and himself were circumcised the same day according to the word of God.. Chapter 18 now began with “And the LORD appeared unto him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him, and when he saw them , he ran from the tent door to meet them , and bowed himself to the ground, and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant. Please let a little water  be brought , and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.”(Genesis 18:1-5)

This is a unique occasion in which we see the heavenly being interacting with earthly being not only in conversation  but in dining with them.. Abraham suggested to them to please feel at home while he prepared food for them to eat. Children of God, this  period was not a “drive through” period where you can wait in line for food ordered to be delivered to you very fast. It was not a microwave age when food can be cooked within minutes. It was not even the period when gas or electric cooker was available to make the cooking fast. Now imagine their waiting period, to prepare both the cake and the meat and then be brought  before them. They must have waited for hours. But one thing is certain, it was a delightful wait because the LORD was happy with Abraham and wanted to show him that they have brought good news unto him and this was the blessing of a long awaited son from Sarah as promised . Abraham and Sarah were now very old and they had waited for several years, and they made some mistakes along the way, but God was still pleased with him to bring the promise of descendants that would be like the stars of the sky to come to pass. Our God is a covenant keeping God, The purpose of  calling Abraham to leave his country, his kindred and his father’s house and  come to a new place was about to be fulfilled, because the land of Canaan has been given unto him and his descendants for possession. So this angelic visitation was unique and prophetic and Abraham did not miss this time of his visitation.

We can learn from Abraham to always be expectant whenever we are waiting on the LORD. Waiting on the LORD demands our total focus, gazing our eyes on the LORD all the time. because you never know when, how and where He is going to show up. Waiting on the LORD requires your total commitment to the things of God without relenting in your effort to doing God’s work. You must continue to be active, that is, up and doing for God, and don’t let your anxiety weigh you down. Your mind is a battle field and therefore you must fill your mind with scriptures (word of God) which will strengthen you, to withstand all the devices of the enemy.  You will daily confess the word of God to your situations and be genuinely joyful in the LORD which can do all things and believe in your heart that God has done it  This believe will be the driving force to keep you going while waiting on Him for manifestation. With all your mind centered on Him, you cannot miss your time of visitation. I pray that year 2019 is your year of visitation and you will not miss it in Jesus Name. Amen.

The bible says, “He lifted his eyes and looked..”  If Abraham was looking down , he would not have seen the angels. He passed the test of waiting expectantly, now is the test of hospitality, which he passed again because Abraham did not allow his problem to make him hostile to people around him   Abraham  had made this a habit, that is, taking care of people, showing compassion on other people, or giving to those that do not have. In one of the earlier chapters he went to fight the war with the kings that defeated king of Sodom and carried Lot and his family as captives. He came back victorious, released all the captives and brought back a lot of spoils, which he happily handed over to the king of Sodom without taking any reward from them. We too must be hospitable especially in time of our need. Whenever we are looking unto God for MERCY, we too should show MERCY to other people around us. It is a law of “Give and Take”. It was a joy for Abraham to host these three angels that visited him. Abraham derived joy in accommodating people, remember the trained servants that lived in his house.  These are lessons to learn from the life of Abraham that can benefit our lives if we can emulate his behavior.

After the angels ate, they pronounced the prophetic utterance on his wife. Genesis 18:9-15 says “Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.”  And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)….Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, “Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?” Is anything too hard for the LORD?” At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, And Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh, for she was afraid”. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

The lesson to be learnt in this Sarah’s situation is that “Nothing is too hard for God!”  If God can revive a dead womb to be alive to conceive and bring forth, definitely “ANY SITUATION” in life can be reversed by God.  Do you have a situation that has defied all medicines?   Or do you have a situation that you have even brought before the LORD and you have not received any answer yet? There is hope if you believe.  Wait for your time of visitation, and the LORD will surely surprise you at His appointed time.  Let me encourage you with the Psalm of David that says ” I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD, Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:13-14. God bless you.

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