And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
There is no greater bond between human beings than that of covenant. It is a pledge of commitment to eliminate weakness in both parties by giving to each other the advantage of your strength and of all that you have.
When God wanted to relate with Abraham, He borrowed the concept of covenant, which was already known in the affairs of men, to convey to him the nature of His unbreakable commitment towards him.
In Genesis 18, God has just finished demonstrating the covenant to Abraham. Now He doesn’t feel the liberty to act without consulting His covenant partner over Sodom and Gomorrah.
Look at how God views Abraham in verse 18: He doesn’t just evaluate him by the degree of greatness he has so far achieved; He sees him in the fullness of what the covenant has done for him. He sees him as though he were already maximized and manifesting the full extent of the inheritance given to him via the promise.
Abraham didn’t even have a son yet, but God wouldn’t mishandle Him. He is going to become so great that God can’t just do what He wants in the life of Lot, who was a pain in the backside, but who was nevertheless connected to Abraham.
God is so bothered by the covenant He has just cut with Abraham, and so convinced of the coming to pass of the promise He has given, that He treats him as a fully fledged covenant partner, to the degree where, in the ensuing negotiations regarding Sodom and Gomorrah, God allows His decision to destroy the cities to be completely revamped by Abraham’s negotiations.
I wonder how you are expecting God to see you today?
Christians live in uncertainty of what God will do. They believe that God is sovereign and can just do what he wants? NO! the covenant is on His mind. He sees all that you have become in Christ and He thinks enough of you to be bothered that you are in the dark concerning your life.
Just as God is mindful of the New Covenant, you too must set your mind to live in the good of it. There is no humility in failing to possess what is given to you, but that is what happens, because for the average believer it is all about levels of manifestation and of holiness.
You literally spend your life dealing with guilt and condemnation and shame because of what you see that is still weak or incomplete about you, but you never see how God sees you. How can you spend your life getting delivered? You are God’s covenant partner – you are not coming out, you came out!
Contrary to some preaching, God will talk to you when you are depressed and when you are in sin. He is not staying distant from you based on your performance. He is not holding out on you.
Today the covenant is on His mind. Make sure that it is on yours!