Birds and pray.
Updated: May 6, 2021
I noticed something interesting as I was reading the word the other day.
The Lord told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.
Often the little things stick out to me, and here it's verse 11.
Abram had obeyed God. He heard God's word, he prepared the sacrifice and created an altar. In the process of time in between doing that he was told and God responding, some vultures swooped down to eat up the sacrifice. And Abram chased the birds away.
And I wondered, perhaps the birds are symbolic of something.
For every person, life is full of highs and lows, good times and challenging times. For a person who has committed to be a disciple of Christ, we can expect to face challenges because of our commitments to serve Christ.
Even if we do all the "right" things, there is a process. Sometimes God takes us through a season where seemingly nothing is happening and we wait on Him.
...And having done all, to stand. Stand therefore..
We have listened to His word, made decisions that cost us, and laid personal sacrifices on the altar. And then we are waiting. . .
Abraham waited. As we can read on, at night, God appeared to Abram in a dream, and he changed his destiny. He released his inheritance and promised to his children great wealth and land.
But before the promise and before the blessing, Abraham sat in the heat of the day, and when birds tried to eat up his sacrifice he had to chase the birds away.
What does this mean for you and me?
To me, when birds of prey come to devour our sacrifice - in the form of doubt, unbelief, weariness, loss, guilt, depression, fatigue, anxiety, fear, distraction, strife, accusation, (you fill in the blank here) - we are to chase those birds away. We are to be still so that we can see the salvation of our Lord and receive the promise as our Father Abram did.
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
-1 John 5:4
Let's make it personal.
Think about one promise He has given you personally, it could be a scripture, or a dream, or something you saw in prayer one day. We each have different ways that God speaks to us. Go ahead, I'll give you a minute to think.
What are you believing about that promise? What are your actions, words and thoughts towards it?
How do we drive our own "vultures" away?
When we have joy and peace about what we have been promised.
I believe if you and I really believed the good plans that He has towards us, we would be excited like little children. We would have a joy and peace about what He has promised to come true.
I was thinking the other day about the little girl who was so excited about going to Disneyland. She didn't ask to view receipts. She didn't require email confirmation from the travel agent. She didn't call 1-800-DISNEY to double check the dates of their reservation. She just took her parents at their word and got happy.
I believe God wants us to be the same way about the promises He gives to us. If we do that, we will reflect joy and peace in the time between receiving the word and the promise coming to pass.