Monday, December 23, 2019

Trusting God to Be Who He Is - Devotion on Genesis 18

Scripture: Genesis 18:25
“Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Abraham pleads boldly and repeatedly, but also respectfully, for the righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah. He knows his relatives, Lot and family, are living there, but he doesn’t mention them by name. He may have been thinking of them, but he makes his prayer more general.

He also couches his prayer not on the merit of the righteous people in danger but on God’s character. He’s basically saying, “It wouldn’t be right to kill the righteous along with the wicked, so You’re not going to do that, are You?” Abraham then has to trust God’s reassurances that He will do the right thing.

Do you trust God to do the right thing? Do you trust Him to fulfill His nature and act according to His character even when you don’t understand what He’s doing?

The key to our faith is trusting God to be God. That means trusting Him to be who He is. There is no Right above Him. He is the standard of right and wrong, just and unjust, good and evil, wise and foolish. He is Good. He is Just. He is Wise. And He doesn’t change. He never acts contrary to His goodness. He never takes an action contrary to His wisdom.

Whatever God does is the goodest and wisest thing possible. If you can believe that, you won’t have a problem trusting Him in difficult situations. Abraham trusted Him and was able to return home, not worrying about whether God would do the right thing in Sodom and Gomorrah.

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