Better Than We Ask

“So when God destroyed the cities of the region, God honored Abraham?s request. He removed Lot from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed the cities Lot had lived in.” Genesis 19:29, NET

At first sight, Abraham did not get what he wanted from God ? the salvation of the city where his nephew Lot lived. Abraham had asked to spare the city. But there were not ten righteous people living in the city. Therefore, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

On the other hand, Abraham’s negotiation with God had behind it a concern for his family members in the targeted area. And God knew that.
Even though he destroyed the city, the Lord removed, by force, Abraham’s loved ones and saved their lives.
Though when Abraham saw the smoke rising from the direction of the wicked cities, he probably thought his long conversation with the Lord and his daring request were for naught.
But God did even better than Abraham asked. As the Lord of the earth who does what is right, he saved Abraham’s relatives and brought judgment on those who deserved it.
This is how the Spirit of God works in our lives.
We ask something, but he know what the real concern of our request is. As he sweeps our requests to the Father, he “interprets” our deepest desires hidden behind them (Romans 8:26-27).
God always does better than we ask.
He is, after all, the Lord of all the earth who does what is right.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

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