Growing with God: A daily devotion with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 15:4-5 (NIV)
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Genesis 15:4-5 (MSG)
Then God’s Message came: “Don’t worry, he won’t be your heir; a son from your body will be your heir.” Then he took him outside and said, “Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You’re going to have a big family, Abram!”
“Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir.” And the Lord brought Abram outside [his tent into the night] and said, “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.” -AMPLIFIED
In our text we find God making a promise to Abram. Be sure to note that when God makes a promise He always keeps it. We can see in the chapters preceding this point Abram having a few mishaps and adventures. He had been to Egypt and lied about Sarai being his wife; which got him sent away with a slap on the wrist. He and Lot had separated, going their desperate ways, because their wealth had grown so large that there was continuous arguing among the servants. We also find Lot has made a few wrong life choices and Abram has to come to his rescue. Hence, Abram meets Melchizedek, priest of God and king of Salem; who blesses him. “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” -Genesis 14:19-20
Scripture tells us that after Abram had rescued Lot and met Melchizedek that the word of the Lord came to him in a vision. (see verse 1 of chapter 15) Many theologians interpret this to be “The Word”, that would be Christ, came to Abram in a vision. John Gill, a biblical scholar and theologian from the 1700’s, spoke on this passage. Gill said “Christ, the essential Word, appeared to Abram in an human form, visible to him, and with an articulate voice spoke unto him.”
In the message given to Abram we find God promising that he will have an heir. Someone who would be flesh of his flesh; not a servant. God promised and God always keeps His promises. The Psalmist reminds us of this, “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.” ” -Psalm 105:8-11 (NIV)
To give weight to His promise the Lord had Abram go outside to observe the night sky. The sky was covered in innumerable stars and God said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Here is the kicker, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.” “WOW! Let that sink in! Can you wrap your mind around that promise?
When God blesses; He tends to do it in a BIG way. Way back in chapter 12 God made this promise to Abram, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Here we find once again, God confirming that this promise will come to pass and it would happen in a big way. When God makes a promise never doubt or question how it will happen or if He is able. Our God is able and nothing is impossible for Him, (not even a barren wife). God said He would do it and He will; in His way and in His time.
Stand on the promises of God, hold firmly to them; for He always keeps His promises. Trust Him! In His way and in His time all things work together for good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Hold on to that truth.
Father, there are promises that you have given me that have been long in coming. I need reminding that my timing may not necessarily be your timing. I know that you always keep your promises; help me in the waiting and trusting part, please. God you are faithful and your grace is enough for me. I thank you for who you are and all you do in my life!