“Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land…”
Day 20 (Genesis 23)
1”Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 4 “I am a foreigner and a visitor among you. Give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” 5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 “Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead.” 7 Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.
The kind of faith that pleases God is brave, but never arrogant. It is characterised by obedience and humbleness.
After Abraham was acknowledged as a mighty prince, after being exalted by the people, he bowed down before them in an act of humbleness. Abraham is a great example of faith and humbleness.
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
There was an enormous difference between two kings in the past, Saul and David. Saul was not humble to obey God, and his disobedience cost him his life. The moment he saw that he was stuck in a life or death situation, he preferred to fall on his sword instead of seeking God’s compassion.
However David, was absolutely sure that no matter how dirty and miserable he was, he could always count on God’s compassion. His brave, yet humble faith saved him.
True humbleness, the humbleness of spirit, keeps the doors open for us to reach the throne of the Most High.
He promised, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).
Let’s seek this quality that was found in Abraham. Even though he was blessed in everything, his heart remained humble until the end of his life.
Tomorrow is the great day! DAY 21, the day you will climb the Altar of sacrifice!
Prepare tonight your envelope and prayer request; don’t leave it for the last minute. Arrive early in Church, do your best not to talk to anybody, when you enter the sanctuary, have a seat and remain silent, preparing yourself to have an encounter with God on the Altar of sacrifice.
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