Appointments (Genesis 18)

14 Is anything too hard[d] for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14

In one’s lifetime there are many appointments we have to keep.  For example, Sherry had her yearly checkup last Friday.  It was an appointment she wanted to keep.  Still there are appointments we do not want to keep.  For me, it’s when I have to go to the dentist.  Maybe this blog has reminded you of an appointment you need to either make or keep?

Question: Did you know our God is a God of appointments? The Bible teaches us of God’s appointments with men.   Job wrote of God setting the boundaries of our lives, 14:3-5.  Every person has an appointment to be born and an appointment with death.  Every person has appointments throughout life set by God, Ephesians 5;15-18; Philippians 1:6.

In Genesis 18 we read about one of many appointments God had with Abraham. For the past 24 years Abraham had been following God.  He is 99 years old.  In chapter 17:21, God had promised Abraham of an appointment He had set for this elderly man.  His wife being 89 years old would have a child one year from the day of this appointment.

Chapter 18 gives us three truths about God’s appointments with men:

  1. God favors people in including them in his appointed plans, 18:3.
  2. God plans are accomplished by His power, 18: 14 “nothing is too hard for Him.”
  3. Gods appointments include both blessings and judgments, 18:22-23.

Abraham was being blessed because he was following God.  The people of Sodom were about to be judged because they were not following God.

This is amazing.  Both Abraham and the people of Sodom had appointments with God.  One to receive the blessing of a son.  The other to receive the judgment of fire.

Question:  What appointment do you have with God today?

As a Christ-follower I want to meet with the Lord in sweet fellowship, receiving His assignment for the day.  I want God to bless me with appointments with people who need the Lord.  You ask, why would God give such appointments?  The Psalmist has the answer:  Psalm 145: 20-21

The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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