So many times, we fall back on the belief that we are only human made of dust and ashes and what CAN we do, what positive change, what impact can mere mortals do in the face of overwhelming odds? In this passage, wouldn’t it have been the human thing to do to leave it “in God’s hands” because “God’s ways are far higher and whatever will be will be?” We can’t miss the persistence in Abraham’s intercession, and I believe God was pleased–not affronted–when Abraham approached him and interceded.
In this episode we talk about identity crisis and how in Genesis 17 Abram became Abraham and Sarai, Sarah. What’s the deal with the name changes? What does that mean for us? This week we also feature Sweet Almond carrier oil.
There once was an elderly couple who decided to explore surrogacy with a dash of sexual exploitation to see if that was the answer to their problems. The story found in Genesis 16 is quite problematic, especially when seen through the modern lens.
But we also learn a bit about God in how he dealt with the lowest of the low: a runaway, foreign, female slave, who had been abused by those that should have cared for her. How God deals with Hagar is how he deals with us too.
The essential oil of the week is Peppermint.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.