January 15, 2018
Genesis 15:1-3… After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great. Bu, Abram said, “What will you give me for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring and a member of my household will be my heir.” Behold, the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir”
The Lord had made a promise to Abram previously but it seemed impossible to Abram at this point and time. He was getting old and his wife, Sarai, was aging as well and she was barren. But, the Lord did not retreat from His promise. In this chapter He reaffirms His plan with Abram and Abram’s response was classic and favorable.
Verse 6… And he believed the lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.
“Abram believed the Lord” … That sounds easy enough. But is it? God was, and is, so confident in his words, He wrote them down for us. If God says, “What did I say to you?”… it is not because he has forgotten; It could be that He wants you to remember. Yesterday, I gave the church an assignment. I will print it here as well, because it is that important. It comes from an old song that we sang last week: “Count your blessings.”
I remember singing that song as a kid, but I don’t remember ever doing what it asks. That is the assignment. Take a pen and some paper and write down the things you remember from your life that are good things, blessings. List as many of them as you can remember. The fact of the matter is, we tend to remember the difficult, unhappy, things that happen more easily than the good things. So this assignment may be harder than you think. In the end, though, you will notice your hope level rising and your faith growing. It is important to write them down. Otherwise, some of them will be snatched from your conscious memory.
Abram’s promise from God became more difficult with each passing day. Abram likely had trouble imagining or believing God still planned to do it,