WHEN GOD SAYS LET 7-31-17
As I sat in church one Sunday morning, the preacher preached out of Genesis 1. I got kind of side tracked as us preachers sometimes do. I began to look beginning in verse 3 at the word “let.” The simple definition is to allow or permit, or to cause or to make. With that in mind, I started counting the times that God used the word “let”. God uses it 14 times in Genesis 1 alone. As I looked at each of these; and don’t worry I won’t elaborate on each one, I also noticed some other phrases that followed the word “let”. In 1:3 he said “let there be…and there was”. Keep that phrase in mind. That ought to be enough to get you excited just by itself. Just to know that we serve such a big God that when he says, “let there be” there is. In verses 9, 11, 15, and 24 there is another phrase that I also really like. In those verses, when God says “let”, the verse ends with the phrase, “and it was so”. I don’t know if that does anything for you or not but it sure turns my crank. There is no discussion, no debate, no wiggle room, no gray area, and absolutely no doubt! “Let…and it was so”. Ain’t that good?
God uses the word “let” again in chapter 11 verse 7. At that time. the whole earth was “of one language and of one speech”. That was a good thing until they began to let their imagination run wild and they were filled with pride. They began to plan to build a city with a tower that could reach into heaven. They had learned to make brick and that was going to be the principal material in building this great wonder. These plans were apparently significant enough that in verse 5, the Lord came down to see it. There are not too many times when the Lord actually came down to the earth but every time he did, it marked a significant event in someone’s life. On down in verse 7, God says “let us go down, and there confound their language”. Before we even get to the language part, did you notice another key word in that verse? Look back at the word “us”. This will help anyone that might not believe in the Trinity or Triune God. Who do you think he was talking to when he said “us”? It wouldn’t have been angels because God wouldn’t have needed their help. He had to be talking to the Son and the Holy Ghost! Just like in chapter 1 when he said “let us make man in OUR image”. We weren’t created in the image of angels, but in the image of God. You just can’t get away from the Son and the Holy Ghost from before the beginning and throughout eternity. Now, back to the language. This was the point where God confounded their language and they could no longer communicate with each other. Did you know that in a list published by SIL International in 2009, there were 6909 distinct languages in the world? When these men began to build the city and tower, they were doing it in verse 4 to”make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth”. In verse 8, God did exactly what these men were afraid of. He not only confounded their language, but he also “scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city”. Verse 9 says that is why it is called Babel which means confusion (by mixing). These men made a name for themselves all right, but just not in the way they had planned. They became an object lesson to prove you can’t outsmart God and they also became a laughingstock, I am sure, to everyone that passed by the uncompleted city and tower. This was obviously the time when the languages and cultures of the world became diverse.
You may be wondering by now just what this has to do with you. Absolutely everything! Think back to the first time the word “let” was used in the bible, it was used by God. It is Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”. Did you see it? “Let there be…and there was”. Then you get into the verses where he said “let…and it was so”. If God can create this entire universe, solar system, galaxies, constellations, and all; just what is it that is going on in your life that you have any doubts about God being able to say “Let” and it will be so? He spoke this whole rock we live on and the rest of the universe into existence. The only thing in creation that he ever put his hand to was YOU. That’s right, in verse 27 it says “So God created”. In Genesis 2:7 it says, “And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground”. Created and formed both allude to the fact that God used his hands to make you. Psalms 139:14 in part says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. “Made”,not spoken or thought into existence but “made” by the hand of God. Verse 16 of that chapter even talks about God seeing us before he even created us. Verse 17 and 18 talk about that God’s thoughts toward us are “more in number than the sand”. To top it all off; In Genesis 2:7 after he formed us, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. You know what that means don’t you? Apparently, while God was speaking everything into existence, he took the time to come down from heaven the first time, and kneel down and form us out of dust and then place his mouth over our nose and breathe into us the breath of life. He didn’t do that for anything else he created.
I hope this has helped you to understand that when God says “let” things happen. “Let there be…and there was”. “Let….and it was so”. He can do that with whatever situation or problem you are facing. He can change things that fast. After all, it only took him 6 days to speak the entire universe into existence and create and form his most precious creation, and the only one that looks like him….man. He gave his Son for our salvation. Why would he withhold any good thing from us? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!