The desert wind was whipping the sand up into small tornadoes around the large encampment. Scores of camels were grumbling loudly. As the wind increased, Abraham appeared at the door of his tent and came out to check the ropes. He was a tall man with brown leathery skin and a long beard. Though he was old he was fine featured and stood tall and straight.
Then the scene changed. The sky was a deep velvet black and countless constellations were laid out above like diamonds. I could almost feel the soft breeze and smell the camels.
Abraham was in his tent but awake and restless. He was talking to the Lord, saying things like, “See, I am an old man now and still I do not have my promised son. You’ve called me a father of nations but I can’t even get started here.”
Then the voice of the Lord whispered to him, “Abraham, come outside. I want to show you something.”
So Abraham got up and went outside the tent into the moonlight. Suddenly the night was alive and vibrating with the presence of God. “Look at the stars, Abraham. Can you count them? So shall your descendents be! ”
For a long while Abraham stood in stunned silence while deep called unto deep and the words of God found a permanent resting place inside his spirit. Then tears filled his eyes and rolled down his weathered face. The questions in his heart had been silenced by the great peace and security of the voice of God once more.
The above experience was a vision I had recently that I wanted to share with you at the beginning of this new year. It’s a year that we need to remember God’s promises, call them up once again and keep believing. Faith is simply trusting the One who loves you to do what He said, no matter how long that takes. Never give up. Never! Your faith is counted to you for righteousness, just as it was for Abraham. (Rom. 4:3.)
As the people of God, we are still in the beginning of Isaiah chapter 60. “Darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people.” But that one verse (v. 2) is only a backdrop meant to provide a time frame for all the glory and blessings that will happen at the same time. It could actually read more like this: When darkness covers the earth and the people, then you shall arise and shine and the glory of the Lord will literally appear upon you. The nations will come to that light and I’ll bring your sons and daughters back to Me and back to your arms. The wealth of the nations shall come to you and the camels will come, bringing your supply.
I realize these scriptures ultimately refer to Israel and her restoration to God. But it is not for them alone. We are now Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promises. (Gal. 3:29) It’s a time of conflict and warfare – that will lead to victory. You were created for these times and trained to be an over-comer. This is your time. (Only) in Christ, you can do all things. (Phil 4:13)
I also wanted to comment on the last 2 posts about learning to quiet your spirit. There were comments left on the Dec. 17 post that I realized may reflect many peoples thoughts. Sometimes when you try to spend quiet time with the Lord it’s difficult to stay awake. Some people fall asleep and then feel guilty. There are times He puts us to sleep for the purpose of rest and dreams. But once again, this is not a formula. It’s a relationship. Try different ways of being with Him. Stand or walk if it helps you stay awake. Have tea with Him or go for a walk with Him. Find something that works for you and be aware the same thing may not work every time. It’s a relationship … Some people need to enter in by praise or praying the Word first until they begin to feel His presence. But at some point it needs to switch to our listening and Him speaking, our simply receiving what He is giving of Himself. When He comes and manifests Himself to you strongly, staying awake is not a problem. In the meantime, remember that He is pleased with You and every attempt you make to draw near to Him is rewarded by more of Him. Those who hunger and thirst shall be filled. (Mat. 5:6)
In the next posts we will return to more on-ramps into heavenly realms. May the Lord reveal Himself clearly to you in this new year.