10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I[c] may live because of you.” 14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17 But the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.
I think that we tend to miss something when we read the stories of the mighty people of God. One thing we might miss is that these men and women, at the time, did not feel like very good models or examples of faith at all, but that is my opinion.
We can also see how the Spirit of God wrote each and every word because had any of the mighty people of God, done so they might have left out some short comings that they would people rather not know, at least I would, even with Moses, we can see that the hand of God guided his hands because it would have been hard to write some things down, especially when you knew everyone else would be reading it.
These wonderful examples of faith were used mightily by God. They witnessed miracles, they saw, heard from, and sometimes they saw God, but, at the same time, they lived ordinary and mundane lives.
Scripture does not go so far as to record all of these mundane times, these low times, times with little or no interaction from God and we can, if we are not careful, think that our examples set out before us were constantly moving and working and that God was constantly speaking to them and moving them. I have noticed that these gaps in the stories pretty much start in the life of Abraham mostly because this is where the Word actually starts dealing with and following one particular character after another. If we start right here with the idea in the back of our minds that there were low times, slow times, and quiet times for Abraham and his family and that during these times, he had little or no physical contact with and from God, then we might start to understand just why he things seem so up and down. We can also see our own walks reflected in these people, because we too have those little moments where we either don’t see God in them or we don’t seem to be hearing from Him.
Regardless of our feeling, He is still there and He will always be there in your life, if you are His child. He will always be working out His will for you, through you, and with you, even if it is deep within the background.
The thing that the Lord wants most for us is to learn from these quiet, still times. Many times we do slip, just as Abraham is about to and we start to lean on our own understanding because we either feel deserted from God or alienated from Him because of something that we have either done or left undone.
These times should make us cling closer too Him, rather than run from Him and each time He speaks to us should bring us that much more excitement because He has chosen to speak to us.
Those quiet times should make us listen harder for that still small voice, those times when we feel out of His hands, we loose that job, we loose a friend, a loved one, when life happens, rather than gripe and moan, wondering why God has done this or what we did to deserve it, why not praise God—-Yes I know easier said than done— but why is it so hard for us to trust in the Lord to take care of us. Why doesn’t it make us draw closer to Him rather than blame Him. Why spend time blaming others, blaming God, blaming the devil, blaming ourselves and start looking for the opportunity to bless others, bless the Lord, and learn from what we have placed before us so that we can move forward in our walk of sanctification. Many of us are still on the same place we came to many years ago. Because of anger, resentment, lost hope, or hurt feelings but that is not why things happen to us. That is not God’s plan
2 things we can learn from these low, quiet, hard times
1. Be filled with the Word of God
2 Timothy 4:2 (King James Version)
2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Be in God’s Word. Preach it through not only your words, but through your life. Have it in you so deeply that it just comes through and that comes through spending time daily in study
2. Be filled with the Spirit of God
Ephesians 5:17-19 (King James Version)
17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
This doesn’t mean some kind of extra, sudden filling apart from the indwelling of the Spirit. This is a continual filling. A day by day filling of the Spirit for each new day. The fullness of the Spirit of God
Our example: – Jesus Christ
Matthew 4 (King James Version)
1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the wilderness. This tells us that not all trials and troubles are completely guided by Satan. The Spirit uses these times to build us up in the Lord if we are prepared. The problem is to be prepared for it and that means being filled with the Word, be instant and ready and to be filled with the Spirit.
So don’t delay—be filled today!!!