Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Comfort Ye Your Hearts

Genesis 15:6 - Genesis 19:33

(Important...include JST Genesis 19:9-15!)

There is a lesson to be learned in the plains of Mamre from the moment when three holy men appeared to Abraham.

Perhaps it is a lesson meant for our hearts today.

In that moment, Abraham realized these holy men had the power to change his life ––to bless it.  He was not going to let that opportunity pass him by.

"...pass not away...let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under this tree:  And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts.  And they said, so do, as thou hast said."  (Genesis 18:3-4)

I couldn't help but notice the way in which Abraham performed their request.

"...and Abraham, hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, make ready quickly three measures of fine meal...and Abraham ran unto the heard and fetcht a calf...and he hastened to dress it... and he stood by them under the tree and they did eat." (Genesis 18:5-8 emphasis added)

This morning I pondered the way in which I go and do what the holy men in my life have asked of me  ––in my home, in my service, in my life.

Do I hasten to perform their counsel?

Do I quickly respond?

In a world that mocks and questions and throws stones, do I stand by them?

Abraham and Sariah's choice to follow these holy men led to a miraculous blessing in their life.  One that could not have been realized without intervention from the Lord.

And I wonder, what miraculous blessing does the Lord hold in store for me?

In the moments when I wonder how and if those blessings will ever come to fruition I will take counsel from these words found in Genesis 18:19, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord...that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him."

From Abraham we learn that choosing to keep the way of the Lord enables Him to bring upon us that which He has spoken.

To fulfill His great promise.

And it is through holy men that we can learn how to keep the way of the Lord.

Today I more fully understand that the counsel from these holy men has the power to change my life...

and I am not going to let that opportunity pass me by...

for I know that they speak of the Lord.

And so, in the moments when my heart needs comfort, in the moments when I wander...lost, in the moments when I question if the Lord has any great blessing in store for me, I will haste to follow them quickly, knowing they will lead me closer to Him.

He will bring comfort and healing.

He will offer direction and counsel.

He will send peace and strength.

And He will bring the miracles ––that which He has spoken.

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14)

We must follow the footnote next to hard for the answer.

The verses we are led to speak of Abraham... "Who against hope believed in hope...and being not weak in faith...he staggered not at the promise of God...but was strong in faith...being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform."  (Romans 4:18-21)

What God has promised, He is able also to perform.

Holy men have testified of it.

Believe it.

Comfort ye your heart.

Nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Emily Freeman