Scripture: Genesis 16:6
“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.”
“Do with her whatever you think best”?! What about what God thinks best? Abram is so hands-off (except when he’s very hands-on) in this story. But we can be like him sometimes, can’t we?
Are there times when you see something wrong happening, maybe someone being mistreated, and decide not to get involved? Do you ever feel a stirring in your heart to take action against some injustice but then quash that feeling by telling yourself that you don’t have time or that it would be too much trouble to do something about it? Maybe you’re like Abram in this story and don’t want to turn someone’s anger toward you, so instead, you say nothing about their sin.
While we all fail to take opportunities to stand up for what’s right every day, we also recognize that Abram’s laissez-faire approach in this episode is not to be respected. So, what can we do to make sure we’re not following in his footsteps in this regard?
Ask God to make you passionate about what He is. Our Father is a God of love and justice. He is righteous and holy. Nothing escapes His notice, and He never looks the other way. Ask Him to remind you on a daily basis that nothing is as important in this life as joining Him in His work and being an ambassador for Him. We are His spokespeople.
We need to speak up.
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