(Genesis 18-19, Matthew 6)
The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? (Genesis 18:17-18 ESV)
There is something altogether astounding about overhearing the questions of God. It’s utterly paradoxical to consider the inquiries of the all-knowing One. He says, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” I don’t think He is questioning as much as baiting! He’s got Abraham on the hook… He’s drawing him in to His story.
When I hear this, even thousands of years later, my own heart leaps up in response. I cannot help but cry, “No! Don’t hide from me. Let me into your thoughts and plans!” We are far more interested when we think we may be left out. I’m not sure why it’s true, but it’s true.
It’s not by coincidence that just a few lines further down in this passage Abraham raises his own questions. “Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” (Genesis 18:23 ESV) God has opened up the dialogue, and Abraham was brought into the original purpose of all creation: Fellowship.
Oh, that our ears would be open today to hear the dialogue of heaven. Don’t worry yourself over the paradox; just enter in to the conversation. It’s what you were made for!