He [Abraham] said, “Hurry. Get three cups of our best flour; knead it and make bread.” Genesis 18:6
God and two companions stopped by Abraham’s tent, and immediately Abraham invited them to rest and dine with him and Sarah. He became the taskmaster and ordered Sarah to make bread and a servant to kill and roast a calf. He gathered curds and milk.
Abraham set a standard for entertaining—at least in my home. When we have a party, Glen doesn’t order me to do the work, he just knows I like to entertain and will do all the cleaning, cooking, and after party clean up. I must say, I would love to see Glen in the role of host, cook, and bottle washer just once. Maybe he’ll throw me a party for my seventieth birthday in December. Perhaps I’ll give him a list of caterers from which to choose.
The story of Abraham entertain God is an interesting forerunner to the proclamation God brought to Abraham while visiting. “I’m coming back about the same time next year. When I arrive, your wife Sarah will have a son.” We know that Sarah, even beyond her age to bare a child, did have a baby. Was there something in the way Abraham handled God’s arrival that showed God Abraham to be a flexible, generous, and in control man whom he could trust to become the father of all nations?
Dear God, help us show our good character and strength when you call upon us to lead in any area of ministry. Amen.