Posts Tagged ‘Endure’

Genesis 23:1-4,7-9,16 Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, “I am a stranger and a sojourner among you; give me a burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight”… So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach Ephron the son of Zohar for me, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in your presence for a burial site… Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, commercial standard.

Its a sad end to the life of a beautiful woman of God and the fact that she lived 127 years in today’s age is unthinkable. Abraham’s response to her passing away is evidence of his love for her and his desire to give her a respectful burial is evidenced in this negotiation with the sons of Heth.

Again, due to a constraint of space and a desire to get you to read the entire chapter which is very small in size, I have only chosen a few verses. This passage details a healthy negotiation for a burial ground for Sarah and that seems odd at such a painful moment in Abraham’s life.

Why would Abraham not take the gracious offer being made by Ephron and the sons of Heth and what are we to learn from this today? (more…)

2 Timothy 2:11-13
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

Recently a young man approached me requesting help him find God. This young man sought the God of the Bible because everywhere else he turned, he found no peace. He is at a challenging point in his life where he needs to make critical decisions and try as he might with all his worldly wisdom and guidance, he does not have peace. We agreed to start reading through the gospel of John, a chapter a day and exchanging our thoughts. We started with chapter 1 and to my amazement, the Holy Spirit took over and worked so powerfully in him that this young man, 9 chapters down has accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior, seeks God with his heart and soul daily, loves the Word and seems to have a peace like never before. Was this the faith Paul had that made him so different from us? Was this the reason he was endowed with wisdom far beyond that of most men?

The challenge with the Christian faith is that to many, it is an easy faith. There are no set requirements, no rituals, there is little that one needs to do to be called a Christian and therefore it becomes an easy choice or an easy option to pass. The world looks at us as Christians and find us no different from them, find our goals and aspirations no different from theirs and therefore consider us foolish in our faith. When we are offered a totally new start, a forgiven past and an eternal future in heaven with God and all this at no cost to us, what are we willing to do for it? Would all of that be worth suffering for and would we not want to share this great news with everyone around us so that they may share in this heavenly inheritance not attainable by man? Our choice today is to live in the world like the world and die in the world or be counted worthy to be called Christian and live a faith that is Christ-like. Are you willing to die with Christ to therefore live and reign with Him?

In His Loving Service,

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

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