Open your bibles or bible app to Genesis Chapter 15.
Overview: On the heels of winning the battle with only 318 men vs. a large army, the Lord came to Abram and told him not to be afraid. God reminded Abram he would be his shield and great reward. But Abram asked God what he planned to give him since he had no child of his own. At this time, his only heir was Eliezer who had been born in his house. God took Abram outside and told him to look up and count the stars as if he could even number them. He then went on to tell Abram that he would have that many descendants from his own body. And Abram believed the Lord because of His (the Lord’s) righteousness. Then God reminded him what he had brought him out of thus far.
Lessons we learn from today’s scripture:
- God gave Abram two good reasons not to be afraid. Those same two reasons apply to us today (1) He promised to protect Abram (I am your shield). (2) He promised to be Abram’s “exceedingly great reward.” – When we fear what lies ahead, we need to remember that even in the difficult times God has promised us great blessings.
- Eliezer was Abram’s most trusted and oldest servant. According to custom, if Abram had no children, everything would be left to this servant. Although Abram loved his servant, he wanted a son to carry on the family line. And this is what God was promising.
- Just when Abram was upset that he didn’t have one heir, God’s promising him more descendants than he can count. Have you ever picked up a handful of sand and tried to count the grains? It’s impossible! And that’s how many heirs God told Abram he would have. God’s blessings for each of us are beyond what we can imagine! I often think of the meme I’ve seen where a little girl is standing there with a small teddy bear, clinging to it, reluctant to give it up. In front of her stands Jesus with his hands behind his back. She can’t see it, but he has a Teddy Bear that is 3 times the size of the one she doesn’t want to give up. We have to surrender all to Jesus to receive Gods biggest blessings.
- Verse 6 – He believed in the Lord – While Abram had been demonstrating his faith through actions, it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions, that made Abram right with God. We, too, can have a right relationship with God by trusting Him. Our outward actions – church attendance, prayer, good deeds – will not by themselves make us right with God. A right relationship is based on faith – the heartfelt inner confidence that God is show he says he is and will do what he says he will do! Right actions will follow naturally as a by-product of confidence in God. How about you? Could you have believed God if he told you at an old age that he was not only going to give you one child, but more descendants than you could count? That took some Faith!
- When we make a promise to God – or go into covenant with Him – we need to take that very seriously. God will keep His promises, how good are we at keeping ours?
Happy Wednesday friends! Another week is flying by! I hope you are taking the time to enjoy the moments your day holds.