Genesis 18:8 states that after Abraham had served the Lord and the divine visitors, the feast that he had prepared for them, he stood by them while they ate. While this may seem like an ordinary and natural thing to do, it is important to recognize the hidden treasures in this account. First, Abraham did not stand still and stand by until he had finished preparing and serving the Lord. Second, Abraham did not try to stand out but instead stood by. In other words, he waited on the Lord to ensure that the Lord was satisfied,
Points to ponder:
There are many who serving the Lord, one mission after another, but seldom do they take time to stand still and stand by the Lord, waiting on him. In other words, there are many busybody Christians. Additionally, then there are others who seek importance and preeminence and try to stand out (and even worse try to be outstanding before the Lord) instead of standing by the Lord. If we fall into this category of Christians, let us learn from this account of Abraham’s service and resolve first, not to stand still until our work is complete and when the task ordained is done, let us take the time to stand by the Lord and see to it that he is satisfied. Additionally, let us remember to not seek self praise by trying to stand out (before men), but instead let us stand by the Lord and aim to be a God pleaser. Are you willing to stand by (the Lord) for he stands by you always.
Genesis 18:8 (KJV)
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.