Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Just because you’ve had one “You talking to me?” moment does not mean it won’t happen again. For the wise man, they are growing moments that can last a lifetime, especially if they happen when God speaks to you. And you should keep in mind that the Lord may speak to you by His Spirit, through His Word, through another man or woman of God, and at times, from sources totally unexpected. Yesterday I shared a “You talking to me?” moment with Abram, and again today I turn to Abram.
Until the day the Lord changed his name, Abram, like most people probably lived the life he expected to live. But when God changed his name, once the “You talking to me?” moment was embraced, his expectancies totally changed. We see that moment illustrated for us in Genesis 17. Abram was 99-years old, and Sarai was 90 when God appeared to him and spoke to him. The moment before God spoke, Abram’s life was reasonably well planned in his own mind. Sarai’s handmaid, Hagar, had birthed a son to Abram named Ishmael, and Abram believed Ishmael would be his heir. But the moment God spoke to Abram that day, all that changed. Abram means “father,” and the name Sarai likely meant “contentious.” If you’ve read the Biblical account, that seems to be quite accurate. But when Father spoke, everything changed. Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of nations) and Sarai (contentious) became Sarah (princess). Imagine the shock. God had just told an old 99-year-old man he was to be called “father of nations,” and his old 90-year-old, barren wife that she was to be called “princess.” Think of that. My friend, in this case I am sure that both Abraham AND Sarah came to a “You talking to me?” moment.
What a glorious thing to see those “You talking to me?” moments become reality. For Abraham and Sarah, the clock was rolled back. Sarah conceived and gave birth to Isaac, and that within a year. Think of that! What a miracle had taken place. And even years following the impact of Sarah’s “You talking to me?” moment was reflected when foreign kings looked on her, and seeing her amazing beauty, wanted to take her as one of their wives. Once again, think of that! My friend, you may have one of those “You talking to me?” moments in life when every circumstance about you seems fixed and settled, causing you to think you can’t move on from where you are. But if the Lord speaks, regardless of how it may sound, and regardless of how impacting that “You talking to me?” moment is, you can trust the Lord. He CAN, and He WILL bring it to pass. Agree with Him.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4