Five Minute Friday – SEND
Hagar was embarrassed and rejected by the very mistress who came up with the idea. But God came to Hagar and said “I send you back”. He gave her a promise as well. Sometimes He sends us back. Maybe we have more to learn about confidence and about faithfulness even in the midst of the very hard places. Genesis 16
Caleb and Joshua and a few others were sent into the Promised Land. Caleb’s response was SEND US – We can do this! The land is flowing with milk and honey. Sure there are giants, but hey, no big deal. God will SEND us help and we will take the Promised Land! The rest shrunk back in fear of the giants. The rest is history. Numbers 13-14
We send words as well. Job’s friends sent word that he was messed up. None of them came to empathize with him, encourage him or pray for him. They said, “We send judgement”. But God told Job to pray for his friends. Pray for the very ones who had no good words for him? He did what God said and God poured out blessings after blessings as He more than restored Job. Job 42
Hannah was sent to her prayer closet. And God answered her prayers. She went there because of her shame. She returned because of God’s fame! I Samuel 2
Joseph’s brothers sent him to the bottom of a well – but God had a plan!
Jesus was sent to the cross – but He did not remain there!
Oh beloved, God may send you back, send you forward or send you on. You may have to send for help from God. God will surely send you everything you need! You may have been sent into exile, but God says all demotion is actually His promotion. Even when life sends bad news, we can count on God!
This morning I send you news that the Word is true and God is faithful! Rejoice in His sending power and watch as your life is lifted out of the pit, set securely on high and you become a beacon of hope to all who see your life. Rejoice, just as that one Friday Jesus was SENT to the grave and returned. God will send you today to a world crying for hope and peace and joy!
Psalm 57:3 He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me— God sends forth His love and His faithfulness. NIV
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” NIV