Genesis 15:1-7 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.”
After Abrahm's resounding victory, eating the bread and wine from the priest Mechizedek, offering a tithe and refusing the gifts of Sodom, God spoke to him in a vision instructing him not to be afraid because God would be his shield and also adding that Abram's reward would be great.
Obviously Abram was afraid because he was worried about retribution from the kings he defeated and he knew he had no children of his own to protect him and his household and continue the lineage in this new land God had promised him.
Also, Abram's support in battle was his neighbors and friends and they might not always stand with him as they were not of him and therefore outside of God's protection, Abram could see no hope. That is the reason he responds to God saying that he is forced to make his servant his heir.
It is obvious God blessed Abram because we know it from history but the question that played on my mind was why did God delay in providing Abram a son? This vision was about a quarter century before Sarai bore Abram a son when he was 100 years old!
As I continue to walk with the Lord, I find that I often go back and ask God questions that He previously answered just because I need reconfirmation and reassurance. Our faith tends to be in the seen rather than the unseen and we like to have our answers instantly rather than mindless waiting.
God on the other hand does not work as per our agenda but His. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end and His plans are perfect. He did not create us with malfunctions, He did not place us in a planet without the natural resources to support us forever, He did not restrict us in wisdom and choice and He prospers those who call on His name and depend on Him.
Abram's faith is commended till today because it says in verse 6 that he believed in the Lord, and God reckoned it to Abram as righteousness. WOW! What a wonderful thing for God to commend to a man!
Paul in Romans 4:13 states 'For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith' and furthermore Paul states in verse 16 that 'For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with u grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all'
Hebrews 11:1 reminds us 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen'. I pray today that we are reminded of Abram's faith in God which God credit to him as righteousness. I pray that we are able to exercise that faith in God and put our complete trust in Him.
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