A Listening God
Bible Reading: Genesis 18:20-33
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
Sometimes we become involved in extremely touchy situations. We may wonder if it's possible to change the circumstances while staying within God's will.
Here's what Abraham did in such a situation. "The Lord told Abraham, ‘I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard.' . . . Abraham approached him and said, ‘Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? . . . Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn't do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?' And the Lord replied, ‘If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake' " (Genesis 18:20-26). The bargaining went on: Suppose there are only forty-five . . . forty . . . thirty . . . twenty . . . ten? And God said, "Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten" (18:32).
Abraham wasn't sure what God's will was in this case; so he talked it over with him. When we don't know how much of a change we can—or even should—make, we can talk it over with God and then try to do as much as we feel confident doing.
God is interested in us and will support our desires for change.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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