“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Nothing but Dust and Ashes”
(Please read Genesis 18:16-33)
Can you imagine the fear Abraham must have felt as he pled with God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah? When Abraham said, “I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Verse 27, NIV), he was humbly acknowledging that he was but a frail human being, part of God’s creation and entirely at God’s mercy.
Yet the very fact that Abraham persisted in his plea for people in the doomed cities, asking five more times for leniency, showed that this man was much more than mere dust and ashes. For he possessed character that could belong only to beings made in the image of God.
Abraham had already demonstrated his concern for others. He had acted as a substitute father to his nephew, Lot, whose father had died, and when it came time for him and Lot to separate due to the growing size of their flocks and herds, Abraham had given Lot first choice of where to settle. Later, when Lot was captured by an invading king, Abram had united with local chiefs to rescue him.
It is true that Abraham made some mistakes. Twice he passed his wife off as his sister, apparently to protect himself. But when his faith was tested the utmost, he passed the test by showing his willingness to obey God even to the extent of sacrificing his son because God told him to.
In the material sense, we’re also “nothing but dust and ashes,” but, like Abraham, we can be so much more. It’s possible for us even to have a great measure of his faith. Let’s go for that!