January 17, 2018

If you ask anyone who has been a Christian for awhile what Abraham was known for they more than likely would say, “His faith.” In fact I believe most any Christian would answer that way. I don’t think anyone would say, “His ability to run.” But that is what stood out to me as I started reading Genesis 18. Lets read it again and you will see what I mean.

Genesis 18:1–8 (NLT) — 1 The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. 2 He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. 3 “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4 Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. 5 And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.” 6 So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8 When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.

The setting is the ‘hottest part of the day’ a time in many countries where work comes to a halt for a few hours and resumes later in the day when the sun is going down and it’s rays are not quite as unbearable. So 99yr old Abraham is resting. He is sweating profusely and his clothes are sticking to his body. He really doesn’t want to do anything but sip on some cool goats milk and sit in the shade. He is comfortable and the effort to move would take more energy than his old body could handle.

But than his eyes spy his Lord walking down the road and his body instantly springs into action. The goats milk can wait, sweating feels good, and it doesn’t seem quite as hot anymore. I guess when you are in love one can handle most anything. Ask Jacob.

Genesis 29:20 (NLT) — 20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

But they seemed like only a few days to him. This need not mean that the time passed quickly. More likely it means that the price seemed insignificant when compared to what he was getting in the bargain.

I believe that was Abraham’s attitude towards his Lord. What ever he could due to please his Lord, no matter how difficult it might be, Abraham ran to do it because it seemed insignificant when compared  to what he was getting in the bargain > eternal life. And so Abraham, that great man of faith, ran.

So in the ‘hottest part of your day’ you know, when you don’t want to be bothered, when all you are thinking about is yourself and what would make you happy; and then your Lord comes along and says, love your neighbor as yourself, be kind tenderhearted and forgiving, submit to another, lay down your life for your spouse, obey your parents, honor your father and mother, don’t exasperate your children, get rid of all anger, malice, gossip and slander, bear on another’s burdens, pray and encourage one another, be hospitable, think of others as better than yourself, feed on the scriptures, do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together, submit to those in authority over you and don’t talk ill of them, take up your cross daily and follow me.

Is the Lord the love of your life? Do you run to please your Lord because the price of doing these things seems insignificant when compared to what you are getting in the bargain?

I need to improve my run and it took 99yr old Abraham to bring this truth across to me, You? We improve our love when we improve our run.

Be Inspired Hilltop!






  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    The thing that struck me in the Genesis text was that Abraham saw three “men” standing at a distance from him and he immediately recognized one as the Lord. This was not a vision. The Lord actually stood there. Abraham knew what the Lord looked like. I am pondering this…would I recognize the Lord if He stood before me? I long to see the face of Jesus….would I know his face if He stood in front of me? I’ve always assumed I’d have to wait until I die to see His face but as I think about it….maybe not. Just something to think about.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Ponder this also > Matthew 25:34–40 (NLT) — 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’