“…when [Abraham] saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground…”
Genesis 18 opens with Abraham enduring a hot day. Trying to stay comfortable. Waiting for the cool of the evening…and maybe wondering how God will fulfill the promise He’s made.
He lifts up his eyes from the sandy, stony ground and something catches his eye—people! Desperate for any sign from the Lord, this 99-year-old man runs (he runs!) to meet these mysterious men, bows down, and calls one of them, “My Lord.”
Now Abraham was the patriarch of a large community. He could have assigned the responsibility for hospitality to one of his hired hands. But he didn’t. He ran to meet the Lord. He ran to serve his Lord…himself.
It’s no wonder that the Lord Himself calls Abraham His friend forever throughout the scriptures:
“Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?” —2 Chronicles 20:7
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend.” —Isaiah 41:8
“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.” —James 2:23
What a wonderful thing it is to be called a friend of God! Are you in Christ? Is He the Lord of your life? If He is, Jesus calls you His friend:
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” —John 15:13-15
If you don’t know Jesus as your friend—today is the day to run to Him! He longs to call you friend. He wants to share the burdens and joys of life with you. He laid down His life so that you can call Him your friend.
There’s a lesson we can learn from Abraham in Genesis 18. When the wait is long…when circumstances are uncomfortable…when your gaze is down in defeat—lift up your eyes…see your Lord…and run to your friend, Jesus.
Listen to our study of Genesis 18 and hear about the friend who sticks closer than a brother.