“Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” (Gen 15:5)
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” (Gen 15:18)
In our responsive reading passage today, God made two promises to Abram: He shall be the father of countless children and his descendants shall inherit the promised land.
Imagine for a moment that we were Abram. We would have all good reasons to reason like Abram. It was only natural for him to think that perhaps God's promise would be fulfilled by adopting his servant, Eliezer. But then, God made it clear to him that his heir would be his own flesh and blood. Pause now. Abraham was already old at that time. So what - you may say, he is a man. But Sarai too was old and beyond conceiving age. He could have very good reasons to believe it was a joke. But the Bible records that Abram “believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (v6). Abram did not belittle God's word and promise to him. In His big plan, God further promised a land to Abram's seeds that would be as countless as the stars. Today, we all know that these two promises have been fulfilled in Isaac and his descendants who conquered the land flowing with milk and honey.
What do we make out of this? We may have our own individual trials and struggles. Some of us may not even know the Lord. But we have proof that our God is the only One who is faithful and who keeps His promises. It only takes us to "believe" in Him and His promises. Do we believe the promises that are written in the Bible, the Word of God? God's promises are no joke. Let us claim God's promises!
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deu 7:9)