To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord. –Genesis 4:26
Prior to Enosh’s birth, the recorded lineage was that of Cain’s. In just a few verses, we saw the quick corruption of the human heart, resulting into two murders in the family. Human kind was degenerating very quickly. What was Adam and Eve’s seemingly simple culinary blunder was now becoming more sinister.
But the moment Enosh was born, something good happened. People began calling upon the name of the Lord. While world history was turning dark, a streak of light appeared. A new generation of children feared the Lord. Grace was at work, setting aside a lineage of God-fearing men who will one day give rise to the Messiah.
To fully appreciate the message of this post, DO NOT SKIP THE BIBLE VERSES, Genesis 12:2, 4, 10.
2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing…
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy- five years old when he departed from Haran…
10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.
Don’t you just love the interesting progression of this saga: God promised to bless Abram, Abram obeyed, and there was severe famine!
To our modern minds, this sounds very discouraging. We almost always expect that we get something out of our obedience, much like a sign up bonus when you get a tempting job offer.
What people often forget is that Abram’s story was just getting started. (Well, actually, he did not get a conclusion even after he breathed his last.) There is so much more to the Abrahamic saga that we are yet to see. The famine was just a bump in the road that one day will give rise to the coming of the Messiah and the salvation of countless peoples of the earth.
Don’t be so quick to dismiss God’s promises just because you are going through a dry spell. He didn’t promise a sign up bonus, His plan is infinitely better than that.
As we start our annual prayer and fasting, I would like to recommend two excellent eBooks for reading.
The first one is Pastor Joey Bonifacio’s “The Mystery of the Empty Stomach.” It’s not a very long book, in fact, you can finish the whole thing in less than two hours. With only 69 pages, Bonifacio managed to pack a lot of helpful stuff in so short a book. He clarified that fasting is about desiring Jesus more than anything else; it is subjecting everything else to the primary need to commune with Jesus. Nothing else comes close. In the whole duration of the fast, everything in life is set aside. Jesus takes center stage. He gets all the passion, all the attention, all the focus, all the energy.
Continue reading Free eBooks on Prayer and Fasting
After Judas died, the story of the world simply moved forward. Someone took his place, Acts 2 got written, the church flourished. His memory is only remembered for his betrayal.
How do you make sense of that kind of life??
He saw the Master face to face and heard Him preach the most wonderful messages in the history of mankind. He beheld His glory, saw Him miraculously feed the five thousand and raised Lazarus from the dead. He was in a place where millions of people could only imagine.
Yet his heart was never truly moved.
You will never run out of things to do. There will always be things that will demand your attention. Until the day the Lord calls you home, your list of responsibilities and the people’s expections of you will only increase and pile up.
But the secret to accomplishing much is choosing what is more important and what has eternal value. Like Mary who took time to sit down at the feet of Jesus, let us resolve to choose what really matters.
Counseling can wait. Ministry can wait. That Facebook post can wait. But your time at the feet of Jesus is far more important. It is the fuel that brings fire to your counseling, to your ministry and to all the other things that you need to do. In fact, your time with Jesus is the fire that turns your Facebook posts from an annoying religious stray bullet to a powerful word of encouragement. Continue reading Don’t Forget the Firewood
If you want to grow deeper in your Christian walk this year, take time to read substantial books, not just the popular best sellers. There is too much wisdom in years past that we miss out on because we are too lazy to blow off the dust of the old classics. Don’t be afraid if people call you “deep” or “serious.” If it’s going to help you grow strong, why should you bother what they think?