Let’s Make A Deal!

Read Genesis 18:16-33

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”                                                   Luke 11:13

There was a TV show many years ago titled Let’s Make A Deal! It was a popular game show hosted by Monte Hall and it challenged contestants to make deals that could benefit them, or if they chose the wrong deal, it could break them. It also brought some phrases into the popular culture, like “I’ll take door #…”

I was thinking the other day about how we make deals with God. The phrase “foxhole conversion” came about to illustrate the desperate pleas of soldiers who were literally fearing for their lives in the heat of battle. They would promise God that, if they survived, they would enter the priesthood, or they would never cheat again, or that they would start doing some actions to benefit others, or they would stop doing sinful behaviors, etc.  You know, they were like you and me.

We bargain with God, and I’m sure we do it to feel better about a situation -like we can change God’s mind on something, or that we can escape some awful fate. If God just does this one thing for me, I’ll pay him back in a big way!

I love the story in Genesis where Abraham bargains with God to spare the city of Sodom. When God reveals to Abraham that he plans to destroy wicked Sodom, Abraham wheels and deals it down to ten people. If there could be found just ten good people, God promised not to destroy Sodom. Abraham was a pretty good negotiator, because he started at fifty good people, and he bargained God down to just ten good people!

First of all, I am sure that God did not want to destroy Sodom at all, and he was bantering with Abraham in a relationship. Abraham was bargaining with God to spare his kinsman, Lot. He was not getting any personal benefit other than the fact that he wanted God to spare a family member.

Wasn’t it interesting that Abraham felt comfortable bargaining with the Creator of the Universe? I mean, when I talk with God, I wonder how I can make a deal with the almighty God. Who am I to argue with him?

Then I remember that God wants to give us good gifts. He wants us to have relationship with him. He wants our input into desperate situations because it makes us reflect on our dependence upon him.

So, the next time you have a bargaining session with God, remember who he is, and who you are, but also remember, he wants the conversation!  

Prayer: Thank you Lord for making the plan that we can have a relationship with you, Amen

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