Friday, February 24, 2012

Fighting off Birds of Prey

Remember the other day how we talked about birds of prey?
Sorry. I know its still not funny. But that bird is so cute how can I resist?

Okay actually I'm sitting in Starbucks audibly chuckling at that bird. Maybe it is a little funny.

Ahem. I'm just going to go ahead and move on and not try to think about that funny bird up there.

But really, remember yesterday's post about the cutting covenant that the Lord made with Abram? If you missed it go here and brush up on Genesis 15. Specifically Genesis 15:10-11:
Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away
Just imagine if you were Abram. You're really old, childless, and God just promised you that you would have a child of your own. In fact, God promised you that your descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Oh yeah and you're going to get all this land that your enemies live in.

It's hard for me to imagine that I would react in the same way that Abram did. Abram believed God right away. This was the reason he was counted as righteous before God. (Gen 15:6; Rom 4)

Even though Abram believed God, he asked the Lord to give him some assurance. This was not a lack of display of faith by any means, just Abram needing God's reminders (think of the same way that we might continually go back to God's word when we're trusting him for something big).

In the Lord's grace, he assures Abram through a cutting covenant.

So Abram prepares everything he needs for the cutting covenant- a cow, a goat, and a ram that are all 3 years old, as well as a dove and a young pigeon.

(side note/distraction.... has anyone actually ever seen a baby pigeon? I'm convinced they don't actually exist. They just appear in cities full grown. lol)

At this point Abram is pretty invested. Not only emotionally and spiritually but also financially. That's a pretty good stock of animals to sacrifice. But Abram did it joyfully because it was for the Lord.

But now picture this- you've just prepared all this stuff for the Lord and then birds come down and start attacking it! Huge falcons trying to steal your offering to the Lord! What would you do?

Would you just sit there and let it happen? Allowing the birds to take away your offering to the Lord.

Would you fight for a while and then give up because it just wouldn't stop?

Or would you persist? Keep fighting until you literally can not do it anymore?

Abram drove them away. He spent the rest of the day fighting off falcons until he fell in a deep sleep after the sun went down.

There will always be falcons whenever we set out an offering for the Lord. Our task is not to find a place where there won't be falcons but to persist in the battle.

Anyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Tim 3:12)

Things will be hard but we can persevere, through Christ. Don't you want to be like Paul at the end of his life and say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim 4:7)?

All we need to do is follow the writer of Hebrews: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 12:1-2)

With eyes fixed on Jesus we can persevere and fight off any falcons that might come our way

Linking up with Laura to Brag on God

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Angi. It's good for me to consider just what those birds might be that are trying to steal away my blessings in Christ.

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  2. Love this! Thanks, Angi.

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  3. Wow! Awesome thoughts girl!

    And I also have never seen a baby pigeon!!

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