Be Still

Wendy Blight

Day: 18 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 18

Genesis 18:1 (NIV) "The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day."

A few months after God had sealed His covenant with Abraham, we find him by the oaks of Mamre, near Hebron, sitting in the doorway of his goat-hair tent in the quietness of what was probably a sweltering hot day. It was in that time of solitude Abraham became aware of God's presence: “The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day” (Genesis 18:1).

How incredible that moment must have been. God Himself, in human flesh, stood before Abraham. This is called a theophany—a visible appearance of God in the Old Testament.

Interestingly, verse 2 tells us that there were actually three men standing there: "Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby."(Genesis 18:2a). Verse one reveals that one of these men is "the LORD." We later learn the other two are angels. 

Abraham ran to meet them and bowed before them. He bowed knowing he was in the presence of the almighty God.

Abraham took time to be still. His heart was connected to God in an intimate way, and he sensed the very presence of God. And the moment he knew who was in his midst, his demeanor changed. He didn't stroll or walk or greet them with a big "hello." He ran! He was so eager to meet with God, Abraham ran to Him and humbly invited Him to stay.

Taking time to be still is hard. We awaken to a day filled with responsibilities, rushing from appointment to appointment. We drop into our beds at the end of the day, exhausted, anticipating what the next day will hold. No time for quietness. Yet Abraham's encounter teaches us that we must carve out time to be still. It is in the stillness that we will experience God. Will you join me today and make time to be still?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, quiet my heart. Still my soul. Help me to rest in You alone. Open my ears to hear Your whispers. I can't wait to experience You. I can't wait to meet with You! In Jesus' name, amen.

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