Communing with God

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Genesis 18:33 “And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.”

One of the most powerful statements in the verse above is that the LORD said, “he had left communing with Abraham:… To commune with someone means to share one’s thoughts or intimate feelings with someone. In other words, the LORD wanted someone with whom He could share what was on His heart. The LORD wanted someone whom He could trust to tell how He felt. The LORD wanted someone whom He knew was interested in what He was about to do. The LORD wanted someone who would do something to help Him out with His agenda.

That person whom the LORD found that He could trust was Abraham. In other words, Abraham had built up so much trust with the LORD that He felt comfortable telling him His inner thoughts. Genesis 18:19 reveals this when it says, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” How was it that the LORD got to know Abraham?

First, the LORD got to know Abraham through how he led his house. It is not what you do in public that reveals your closeness to God, but how you live in your house that reveals your love for the LORD’s way. The easiest way for me to find out what kind of believer you are is for me to ask your family; they know what you are like when you are not on display in public. They know if you have a temper or if you allow things in the house that you say you are against in public. Your private life with your family is the greatest revealer of your heart towards God. God does watch how you lead your family, and it dictates to Him whether He can trust you.

Second, the LORD got to know Abraham by his carefulness about walking in the way of the LORD. The LORD said about Abraham, “…and they shall keep the way of the LORD…” What confidence the LORD had in Abraham and his family. The Christian life was not something they cloaked themselves with on Sunday, but it was something they lived every day. If you want to build trust with the LORD, you must walk in His ways ALL the time.

Third, the LORD got to know Abraham by his desire to do the right thing. The LORD said that Abraham was interested in doing “justice and judgment.” In other words, Abraham was concerned with making the right decision with every decision. Abraham’s concern was with whether his decision matched what the LORD wanted. The LORD knew that He could trust Abraham because he was concerned with making sure every decision was the right decision.

Fourth, the LORD got to know Abraham because he took time to commune with God. Abraham was not too busy for God. You can't expect God to trust you with His intimate thoughts if you are too busy to spend time communing with Him. The LORD will know if He can trust you when you are willing to drop what you are doing to talk to Him.

My friend, Abraham didn't build this trust in a few days or weeks, but he built this trust with the LORD over time. Faithfulness to the LORD over years and decades is what makes Him comfortable to share His intimate thoughts with man. My question for you; can the LORD trust you?

Dr. Allen Domelle


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