Lord, I trust you yet. Here I am, standing in an all too familiar place, feeling broken, stuck, and in need of reassurance. In Genesis chapter 15, we meet Abram in a similar place requiring reassurance. One chapter prior, Genesis chapter 14, Abram honored God and walked away from the great worldly riches offered to him by the king of Sodom. Chapter 15 opens with a word from God; verse one states, "After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram I am your shield, your very great reward." At this point, it may seem like a strange place to pause. However, I would like to encourage whoever is reading this, with the same words God used to encourage Abram when He said, "…I am your shield your very great reward." In the moments of life when we are drawn back to our old way of thinking. Remember that God is your shield and your great reward. More than worldly success, more than daily comforts or possession. The Lord will carry you through all the hard times. Including the times when you feel lost, insecure, and uncertain.
Back in Genesis 12, Abram was 75years old when he received a promise from God about his life. Now almost 10-years later, he is still waiting on the promise; in Genesis 15:2-3, "But Abram said, Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, you have given me no children, so a servant in my household will be my heir?" What happens next is simply amazing in verses 4-6 "Then the word of the Lord came to him; this man will not be your heir, but a son who is your 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. Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. He also said to him, I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it. But Abram said, Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it." God's next move is packed full of details as He allows Abram to fall into a deep sleep and provide an outline of what will happen to him and his descendants. Please read Genesis Chapter 15 as God seal's His covenant promise to Abram in verse 17 with a "smoking firepot and a blazing torch." Wherever you are, in your walk with God, on this amazing journey, know one thing for sure, He is your very great reward, do not look to the world; look to God. In 2nd Samuel 24:14, "David said to Gad, I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great, but do not let me fall into human hands." This statement is as true for David as it is for the rest of us today and maybe even more so today. The next time an old inner rival shows up with the familiar lies, remember who your father is and turn to the God of truth for a way out.
Remember God Loves you, and so do I