Abe, like so many others, struggled with waiting on God. Then at Sarai’s suggestion of Sarai, he decides to mix-in by taking Hagar as his wife. She will soon conceive and bear a son, Ishmael, God hears. Stress, it is constantly building and peace seems as far away as Egypt. Problems plague Abe and his family to this day, all stemming from these decisions. 86 years old when Ishmael is born, and Abe will not hear from God again until he is 99 years old. Genesis 17:1~When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, (ESV) When Abe goes ahead of God, what he finds is silent thirteen years of deafening silence. 

Reading this reminded me of the psalmist’s words in Psalm 28:1~I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. (NLT) This is surely what Abe must have felt as the years, a whole baker’s dozen passed in his life. In our life when God is silent, it feels like the pits have become our dwelling place. I fear the greatest cost of getting ahead of God’s purpose for our lives is His hallowed and awesome silence. However, because God is the God of love and grace, Abe will begin to get back on track as he draws Closer: where we discover three principles for getting Closer to God: Unwilling, Completely, Believe.

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