Response to His Presence
In Genesis 18:1, the Lord appeared to Abraham in the heat
of the day as he sat in the door of his tent, in the plains
of Mamre. This speaks of a time of intense pressure and trial.
Yet when Abraham saw the three men approaching, he ran to
meet them, bowed himself and worshipped.
This is how the Lord desires us to respond to Him - “in
the heat of our day.” When the Lord’s presence
comes, we are to run to minister to the Lord, welcoming His
Abraham ministered to the Lord by bringing water to Him and
preparing something for Him to eat. He did not wait for the
Lord to minister to him, but rather, at an importune time,
he ran to minister to the Lord.
In the amplified version, Genesis 18:5 reads, “I will
bring a morsel of bread to refresh and sustain your hearts
before you go on, for this is why you have come to your servant.”
If Abraham had stayed seated in his tent door, the Lord may
have passed by. He was looking for someone in that evil day
who would refresh his heart. This is similar to the time in
which we live. As then, the Lord will come to us to refresh
us. Like Abraham, we must put our own cares and troubles aside,
and to run to minister to the Lord Himself.
Recently, I felt a strong sense of the Lord's presence. We
had just returned home and the children had worn us out. We
were anxious to get them to bed so we could relax and rest.
I felt that I was to turn aside and respond to His presence,
so I went upstairs to be alone with the Lord. I was so tired
that I told the Lord I would lie on the bed and wait upon
I felt a prick in my spirit and I knew that I could not do
this. I continued to make excuses since I was very tired,
but the Lord began to deal with me concerning my priorities.
He asked if these things were more important than His presence
being with me.
I knew that I could not settle for less than His best, so
I went back down stairs and began to wait on the Lord, for
His presence was still very strong. The Lord caused me to
understand that I was not the first one He had visited that
night, as He had gone to several others and had been ignored,
or turned away. Then the Lord revealed to me how greatly He
desires these special times of fellowship with those who will
respond as Abraham had responded.
The Lord often comes at times that are not convenient for
us, to see if we will put Him first by turning aside from
all else to have fellowship with Him.
If Abraham had not responded as he did, the Lord may not
have revealed to him that a year later, he would have a son.
It was just after this visit from the Lord that Abraham interceded
for Lot, and he was delivered. Although it was during the
heat of the day, Abraham made the right choice and turned
aside to minister to the Lord. In turn, the Lord ministered
It is important for us, that whatever may constitute the
“heat of the day” in our circumstances, that we
turn aside and minister to the Lord.