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I'm Not Ready!

When the call pops up out of nowhere.

Genesis 18:1–8 (ESV)

And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

This isn’t just any three guys. One of them is the LORD himself. Abraham recognizes this instantly. The Hebrew word he uses when he says, “O Lord …” is reserved for God Himself. But how does he know?

The key is in the words, “He lifted up his eyes.” The three men aren’t walking up from afar; they’re standing in front of him. They just popped up out of nowhere. That’s why the text says, “behold.”

At this point, Abraham has no idea why they’re there, but he jumps into hyper-hospitality mode.

He’s almost frantic to be a good host.

This is a good lesson for us all. We’ve all experienced those rare moments when we can’t tell what God is up to, but we know He’s up to something. It is then that we, like Abraham, need to focus.

Wake-up calls are a big part of how God uses us. We tend to think of a wake-up-call from God as the moment when a non-believer first encounters God. But God calls believers in much the same way. Our challenge is to respond well.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” — Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)

Unfortunately, my attitude is more like, “I’m busy right now, but pretty soon you can send me.” I’m not ready just yet.

The problem is that God doesn’t call people to win the lottery; He calls them to dramatic change and sacrifice. Few of us are ready for that kind of action—especially without knowing exactly what it is.

When you are ready, you won’t have to ask God to call you. All you have to do is pray, “Okay, I’m ready. Send me.”

He’ll do the rest.

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ESV stands for the English Standard Version. © Copyright 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved. NIV stands for The Holy Bible, New International Version®. © Copyright 1973 by International Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved. NASB stands for the New American Standard Bible. Used by permission. All rights reserved. KJV stands for the King James Version.

Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.

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