Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Visitations of the Lord

UV 2880/10000 Visitations of the Lord
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
Genesis 21 v 1

The Lord visits us as He has promised. He will do as He has said even as He did unto Sarah and Abraham. To “visit” is to look upon us with favour and to grant that which we need or asked for. Abraham and Sarah had not even asked for an heir or a son. Yet the Lord heard the cry of their heart and gave them what they lacked. He did not cause a full grown child to fall from heaven but caused Sarah’s dead womb to come alive. She went through the process of a normal pregnancy- conception to delivery. She had a period of waiting and a period of pregnancy or process. We all need to go through a spiritual waiting period and thereafter, a gestation period wherein the signs of that which we are hoping for are almost visible and palpable like the child in the womb of Sarah. In addition to positive or good visitations, there are visitations of the Lord to demonstrate His wrath, His judgement and to reward bad or evil intentions, actions or reactions as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, as in the case of serpents killing many Israelites in the deserts of Egypt.
Before a physical manifestation of anything, there is a spiritual manifestation in the dimension of the spirit. It happens in the mind of God even as it occurred in His mind to bless the aged couple Abraham and Sarah with a child. It could be triggered by the silent cry of our hearts or a silent prayer or a prayer that is vocal. The cry or the prayer should be backed by faith or spiritual eyes to see the invisible, a spiritual mouth to call into being that which is not as if it is. Faith is the human capacity to receive the Lord and allow His grace to work in our inner being first before it is manifested in our external dimensions.
While human beings try to build a bridge over rivers or over problems and challenges, the Lord often tunnels through it. While He is tunnelling, we may not see the light at the end of the tunnel but if we wait out the process, we will come into the fullness of His light and grace. We all have like the ancient Israelites our little Red Seas and Jordans to cross. Instead of building bridges over these Red Seas and Jordans, the Lord moves along with us as He creates a tunnel through our great mountains, a bridge through the seas and rivers. The key thing is to invite the Lord to visit us, to show favour or grace and mercy to us.
Prateep V Philip

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